Magnus, Desire

(Properly Magnus Deutz)



A Belgian pianist, composer and teacher. Born at Brussels, and died at Paris. He was a pupil of Vollweiler at Heidelberg, and also studied at the Brussels Conservatory, winning the first prize there in 1843. He then toured England, Russia and Spain as a pianist. He afterwards remained at Paris as a teacher, critic and composer. He wrote La Toledane, a short opera presented at Paris; an Elementary Method of the Piano; a Grand sonata; studies for melody and velocity; and drawing-room compositions.