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date: 20 February 2020

Mills, Sebastian Bachlocked

  • Bruce Carr
  • , revised by Javier Albo

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(b Cirencester, UK, March 13, 1839; d Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec 21, 1898). English pianist, teacher, and composer, active in the USA. He was initially taught by his father, organist at Gloucester Cathedral, and then by Cipriani Potter at the Royal Academy of London, making his début there in 1846. He was then sent to the Leipzig Conservatory, where he studied with Moscheles, Plaidy, Rietz, and Hauptmann, and was influenced by Liszt’s circle (he probably received some lessons from Liszt himself). In 1855 he returned to Britain and a year later he came to New York, where he settled, failing initially to attract much attention from managers and fellow musicians. His successful New York début finally arrived at one of Carl Bergmann’s Sunday concerts, in which Mills performed, for the first time in America, Schumann’s piano concerto (20 February 1859; he played it again with the Philharmonic Society some weeks later). Mills was soon recognized as a representative of the school of Liszt and for the next 30 years he kept an astonishingly active agenda, performing with the Philharmonic on 18 consecutive seasons (from ...

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