Salaman, Charles Kensington



English pianist, composer, lecturer and writer. Was born in London. Salaman received his first instruction from his mother. From 1826 to 1831 he studied piano under Charles Neate, harmony under Dr. William Crotch and violoncello with Ely. After finishing his studies under these masters he went to Paris, to take lessons in piano from Henri Herz. He returned to London in 1831 and established himself as a teacher in that city, at the same time composing and appearing in concerts. He was also heard at Vienna, Munich and other cities on the Continent and resided for a time in Rome. Salaman played an important part in the musical life of London, was a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, associate of the Philharmonic Society, honorary member of the Academy of St. Cecilia at Rome and one of the founders of the Musical Society of London and aided in establishing the Musical Association in that city. He lectured on the history of the piano and the ancient keyed instruments, also on Handel, Beethoven and other famous composers. Mr. Salaman wrote a number of beautiful and original songs, notably his setting of I Arise From Dreams of Thee, after Shelley's poem. He also wrote a cantata; settings for psalms; overture for orchestra; a grand funeral march, written upon the death of Victor Hugo; anthems; partsongs; twelve voluntaries, and other sacred songs.