Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Adolf von Henselt (1814 – 1889): German Pianist, Composer, Teacher
- Prior to the piano, Henselt studied violin.
- He was a pupil of Abbé Vogler (1749 – 1814), Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and Simon Sechter (1788 – 1867).
- Practiced for ten hours a day.
- Developed a technique to extend the reach of his hands (which led to his now famous legato), giving him more control over the keyboard without using the sustaining pedal.
- Retired from performance due to stage fright.
- Most of his works composed by his 30’s.
- He became a great teacher in St. Petersburg, influencing many Russian pianists. Some of his pupils: Nikolay Zverev (who taught Sergei Rachmaninov), Nikolay Ber, and Ingeborg Stark.
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