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Goldmark, Karl [Carl; Károly]locked

  • Wilhelm Pfannkuch
  • , revised by Gerhard J. Winkler

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(b Keszthely, May 18, 1830; d Vienna, Jan 2, 1915). Austro-Hungarian composer.

The son (and one of 20 children) of a Jewish migrant from Western Galicia, his family moved to Deutschkreutz (now in Austria), near Ödenburg (Sopron, now Hungary), in 1834. His father was notary and cantor of the Jewish community there. Goldmark later claimed to be self-taught as a composer and to have learnt to read and write only since the age of 12 (this may refer to German or Hungarian but not the Hebrew literary tradition); however, his first local musical instruction was in ...

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