1840–1927

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Born: June 18, 1840, Mönch­dorf, Kur­hess­en, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Ap­ril 13, 1927, Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: East Har­ri­sburg Ce­me­te­ry, Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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Biography

Orphaned in child­hood, Kurz­en­kna­be spent part of his ear­ly years in Kas­sel, Ger­ma­ny, at­tend­ing pub­lic and in­dus­tri­al schools.

In 1854, he sailed from Bre­men for Am­er­i­ca. He even­tu­al­ly at­tend­ed a se­mi­na­ry in Penn­syl­van­ia, lat­er stu­died mu­sic under Will­iam Brad­bu­ry, and was as­so­ci­at­ed for a short time with George Root.

Kurzenknabe tra­veled ex­ten­siv­ely through­out the Am­er­i­can north­east, and lived at var­ious times in Ha­gers­town and Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land; York, Phil­a­del­phia, Sun­bury, Mer­cers­burg, Mc­Con­nells­burg, and Me­chan­ics­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia; Cam­den and Moores­town, New Jer­sey; New York Ci­ty; and in Bo­ston and Ded­ham, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

He fin­al­ly set­tled in Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, where he wrote songs, taught mu­sic, ran a pi­a­no and mu­sic store, and at­tend­ed St. John’s Re­formed Church. In 1894, he be­came pre­sident of the Penn­syl­van­ia State Mu­sic Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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