Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg: How a Humble Rural Carpenter Changed the Musical Landscape


The name Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg may not be familiar. In the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, it deserves only a two-line entry. However, the musical landscape would have had a completely different look if he had not been there.

Einrich was born in 1797 in a village in the woods on the slopes of the Harz Mountains in northern Germany. He was just a teenager when his father died and he moved to the nearby town of Goslar to learn a trade.


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