Famous 18th Century Pianists

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Ludwig van Beethoven
(One of the Most Admired Composers and Pianists in the History of Western Music)
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Birthdate: December 17, 1770
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: March 26, 1827

German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music even two centuries after his death. Born into a musical family, he was initially tutored by his father. He found success early as a pianist and went on to become an admired composer despite suffering from hearing-impairment.

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Joseph Haydn
(Composer of the Classical Period Known As 'Father of the Symphony' & 'Father of the String Quartet')
Joseph Haydn
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Birthdate: March 31, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rohrau, Austria
Died: May 31, 1809

Joseph Haydn was an Austrian composer who played a key role in the progression of chamber music during the Classical period. He is often referred to as the Father of the String Quartet and Father of the Symphony for his contributions to musical form. Joseph Haydn is also credited with mentoring and tutoring Mozart and Beethoven, respectively.

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Maria Anna Mozart
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Birthdate: July 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: October 29, 1829
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Carl Maria von Weber
(A Significant Composer of the Romantic Era & Crucial Figure in the Development of German 'Romantische Oper')
Carl Maria von Weber
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Birthdate: November 18, 1786
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eutin, Germany
Died: June 5, 1826

Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, virtuoso pianist, guitarist, and conductor. A significant musical figure in the Romantic era, he played a key role in the development of the German Romantische Oper (German Romantic opera). He also made significant contributions to vocal and choral music. He was a music critic as well and wrote music journalism. 

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John Field
(Pianist, composer and teacher.)
John Field
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Birthdate: July 26, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: January 23, 1837
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Muzio Clementi
(Italian Virtuoso Pianist and Composer Who Developed a Technical Legato Style)
Muzio Clementi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 10, 1832

Muzio Clementi was an Italian virtuoso pianist, composer, conductor, music publisher, editor, pedagogue, and piano manufacturer. He developed a technical legato style and then passed it on to a generation of musicians, including Johann Baptist Cramer, John Field, and Friedrich Kalkbrenner among others. Muzio Clementi also influenced world-renowned musicians like Frédéric Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Louise Farrenc
(Composer)
Louise Farrenc
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Birthdate: May 31, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 15, 1875
Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller
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Birthdate: December 4, 1806
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
Died: February 13, 1874

Born into the musical family of a composer father and a pianist/singer mother, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller was no stranger to music in childhood. A talented cellist, too, the German Romantic composer later settled in Paris, where he composed everything from piano pieces to waltzes and ballets.

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Friedrich Kuhlau
(Danish Composer and Pianist)
Friedrich Kuhlau
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Birthdate: September 11, 1786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uelzen, Germany
Died: March 12, 1832
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Ignaz Pleyel
(Composer)
Ignaz Pleyel
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Birthdate: June 18, 1757
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lower Austria, Austria
Died: November 14, 1831
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Charlotte de Rothschild
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Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899
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Ferdinand Ries
(Composer)
Ferdinand Ries
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Birthdate: November 28, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: January 13, 1838

Ferdinand Ries was a German composer best remembered for his association with Ludwig van Beethoven. He studied under Beethoven before going on to become his secretary. Ries is credited with helping Beethoven with the premieres of the latter's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies which were used in the Beethoven concert of 22 December 1808. 

Maria Theresia von Paradis
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Birthdate: May 15, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 1824
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Jan Ladislav Dussek
(Prominent Czech Composer-Pianist During the Mid-18th to Early-19th Century)
Jan Ladislav Dussek
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Birthdate: February 12, 1760
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Čáslav, Czechia
Died: March 20, 1812

Composer-pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek remained instrumental in representing Czech music globally, travelling widely across Europe and performing at courts and concert venues. Noted for technical prowess, Dussek played a significant role in extending the size of the pianoforte. His compositions for the harp are regarded as standard repertoire for all harpists, while the ones for piano are highly valued by many teachers.

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Sébastien Érard
(French musical instrument maker)
Sébastien Érard
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Birthdate: April 5, 1752
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: August 5, 1831
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Daniel Steibelt
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Birthdate: October 22, 1765
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 20, 1823

Daniel Steibelt was a German composer and pianist who lived and worked in Paris and London. A prolific composer, Steibelt's works became popular throughout Europe. He also contributed immensely to several dramatic operas, such as Romeo et Juliette which was produced in 1793 at the Théâtre Feydeau.

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Johann Baptist Cramer
(British Pianist and Composer)
Johann Baptist Cramer
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Birthdate: February 24, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: April 16, 1858

Johann Baptist Cramer was an English pianist, music publisher, and composer of German origin. The son of Wilhelm Cramer, Johann studied under Muzio Clementi and went on to become one of the greatest pianists of his time. Renowned for its technical perfection, Johann Cramer's playing style earned praises from popular pianists around the world, including Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Alexander Tcherepnin
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Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 29, 1977
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Marianna Martines
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Birthdate: May 4, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 13, 1812
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Francis Planté
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Birthdate: March 2, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orthez, France
Died: December 19, 1934