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date: 18 January 2020

Liebmann [née Riese], Helenelocked

  • Nancy B. Reich

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(b Berlin, 1796; d after 1835). German composer and pianist. She was a child prodigy, performing to critical acclaim as a pianist before she was 13 and publishing compositions while still in her teens. Little is known of her personal life other than that she was from a well-to-do Berlin family, studied with Franz Lauska (one of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s teachers), and was also a pupil of Ferdinand Ries. In the earliest reviews of her works, critics predicted a glowing career for her as a composer. Later reviews were cooler and her compositions were deemed to be merely pleasing. A few years after her marriage in about 1814, she settled in another city, possibly London, and evidently ceased all public musical activities. Her works reflect the influence of Mozart in style and form. The final movement of her Cello Sonata op.11 is based on the duet ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from ...

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