- Alec Hyatt King
(b Stuttgart, Sept 15, 1913; d Stuttgart, April 11, 1991). German player and maker of the musical glasses. Having studied the piano, the organ and singing, he specialized from 1929 in the musical glasses. He constructed a chromatic instrument with a compass of four octaves and developed an impressive technique in playing on it (see Musical glasses). He became known as a soloist in the 1930s, and was first heard in London on 9 March 1938 in the London Museum (then in Lancaster House, St James’s), where, with Geoffrey Gilbert, Frederick Riddle, Leon Goossens and James Whitehead, he gave a memorable performance of Mozart’s Quintet for armonica, flute, viola, oboe and cello (k617). Hoffmann was heard again in London in the 1960s, and in many other cities all over the world. He commanded a tone which was both sweet and powerful and of extraordinary resonance; his repertory included, besides Mozart’s quintet and solo Adagio (...