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Published on Aug 28, 2015
In 1796 Carl Eduard Hartknoch was born in Riga. In 1816 he made his debut in Leipzig as a concert pianist, although he also studied at the university (we do not know what subject). He then decided to make a living in music. He went to Weimar in 1819 to study with J.N. Hummel but left for St. Petersburg in 1825 because he could not find a suitable job in his own country. In Russia he was held in high esteem as a piano teacher. In 1828 he moved to Moscow where he lived until his early death in 1834.
Van Sambeek Edities published one volume which contains his Sonata opus 1, his Grande rondeau russe opus 6 and his Trois nocturnes caractéristiques opus 8. From this opus 8 (c.1833) I play the last Nocturne in G major on my Johann Frenzel from 1835 (restored by Gert Hecher).