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date: 25 May 2020

Hawker, Peterlocked

  • Jamie C. Kassler

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(b London, Dec 24, 1786; d London, Aug 7, 1853). English writer and musician. He served in the British Army retiring from active service in 1813. Although he is remembered chiefly as a writer on sport and an improver of firearms, he deserves notice as a music enthusiast, who studied the piano in England and on the Continent and whose several English residences were frequented by musicians. In 1818 he spent three months studying harmony and composition in the London academy of J.B. Logier; in 1821 he was a piano student of H.J. Bertini in Paris and, at an unspecified date, of F.W.M. Kalkbrenner. Hawker promoted Logier and his system of musical education in an anonymous publication, Advice to a Nobleman on the Manner in which his Children should be instructed on the Pianoforte (London, 1818, 5/1840). In 1819 Hawker’s invention of hand moulds ‘for running over the keys of a pianoforte in a mathematically true position’ was accepted for manufacture by Chappell in London and Pleyel in Paris. The hand moulds, similar to those invented by Logier, were patented on ...

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Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1885-1901, suppls., 1901-96)