Meyer, Leopold von



Pianist of brilliant and showy manner of playing; born at Baden, near Vienna. He studied with Czerny and Fischof, making his professional debut in 1835. Most of his life was spent in extensive concert tours through Europe and America. During his tour of America, from 1845 to 1847, he gave concerts in New York at the Broadway Tabernacle and he played in Boston where he aroused great enthusiasm in the young pianist, William Mason, who heard him during that engagement. He is said to have preferred his own light and effective compositions to the less showy works of the classicists and was known as a brilliant rather than an accurate player. Of his compositions the best known is his waltz, Souvenir de Vienne.