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date: 15 November 2019

Scharfenberg, Williamlocked

  • Spencer A. Huston

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(b Kassel, Germany, Feb 22, 1819; d Quogue, Long Island, Aug 8, 1895). German pianist, editor, and music publisher, active in the USA. A student of Hummel and Spohr, he made his New York début at the Apollo Salon on 15 November 1838. He was highly praised as a pianist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Many accounts document him accompanying important singers and instrumentalists of New York during the mid-nineteenth century. He also performed piano duos, collaborating with Daniel Schlesinger, Frederick Rakemann, Otto Dresel, and Henry C. Timm, whom Scharfenberg called his “twin brother” because of their frequent appearances together. Joined by Timm and William Mason, he took part in the first New York performance of Bach’s D minor Triple Concerto, bwv1043. Scharfenberg was also active in numerous societies and musical organizations, and was treasurer for the “Vocal Society” and the American Musical Fund Society. He was a founding member and original treasurer of the New York Philharmonic Society, later serving as president from ...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society