It was in 1828 that he commenced his professional career by concerts at Vienna which brought him considerable attention, and by the publication of his Opus 1. Melanges sur des themes d'Euryanthe. In 1834 he was made court pianist, and in 1835 commenced his concert tours, which proved a continual triumph and gained for him high eminence as a pianist. In 1855 he gave a series of concerts in Brazil, visiting the United States the following year. In 1858 he settled at Naples, where he made his permanent home. His wife was a daughter of the famous singer Lablache. He died at Naples
Thalberg's published compositions reached Opus, number 83, to which should be added a number of pieces without Opus, including a pianoforte school. Many of his compositions are to be classed as fantasies upon themes from operas, outside of which the most notable works are a concerto, concert studies, several caprices and nocturnes, a scherzo, a ballade and a sonata. Although not destitute of merit, the compositions of Thalberg had but a temporary vogue; intended, first of all, to display the virtuosity of the executant, they necessarily had to suit the style of his time.
Thalberg and Liszt, both being gentlemen, were little inclined to share the animosity of their partisans.
Thalberg unhesitatingly pronounced Liszt one of the greatest pianists in Europe, and LIszt said of him that he was the only artist who could play the violin on the piano.
During the season of 1856-1857 Thalberg came to the United States, and it was in Philadelphia that I, an ambitious but as yet poorly informed young piano student, received from him my first glimpse of the tonal possibilities of the pianoforte.
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