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Timm, Henry Christian (11 July 1811–05 September 1892), pianist, conductor, and musical factotum, was born in Hamburg, Germany. After completing studies with the composer Albert Gottlieb Methfessel and with Jacob Schmitt, he made his debut as a pianist in 1828. In 1835 he immigrated to New York City; he made his American debut at the Park Theatre on 19 July 1836, performing Johann Nepomuck Hummel’s Rondo Brilliante in A Major. Critical reaction to this performance was not encouraging, and he joined the theater’s orchestra as second horn player. For several years after 1836 he toured in New England and in the South as conductor of an itinerant opera troupe. He then settled briefly in Baltimore, where he held a position as a church organist....