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Bridgetower’s early years

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A miniature of Bridgetower, attributed to Chinnery   Pencil and watercolour portrait of Bridgetower
A miniature of Bridgetower, attributed to Chinnery
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George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860) was probably born on 29 February 1780, although some authorities give 11 October 1778. His birthplace was Biala in Poland, and his mother was a native of that country. His father, who went by the name John Frederick or Friedrich de August Bridgetower, apparently worked in the household of Prince Nikolai Esterházy, where he gave several differtent stories about his origins (a favourite being that he was an African prince).The castle contained an opera house and a puppet theatre, and boasted the composer Haydn as Kappelmeister. If Bridgetower was a child prodigy, destiny clearly provided him with the best possible environment and training, and he made his performing début as a violinist, aged nine or 10, in Paris in April 1789. The journal Le Mercure de France raved about his performance, concluding that “his talent is one of the best replies one can give to philosophers who wish to deprive people of his nation and his colour of the opportunity to distinguish themselves in the arts”.

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