Carl Gilbert Hardebeck (1869 - 1945):
Collector of music
Carl Hardebeck was born in London. His father was German and his mother Welsh. Despite being blind from birth, in 1892 he gained a diploma as an organist, pianist and music teacher. A year later he left London for Belfast and began his collection of Irish music. He was awarded eleven first prizes for compositions he had submitted to the Feis Ceoil in Dublin between 1897 and 1908. He went to Donegal to take down the songs of the native speakers, and devised a Braille alphabet for this purpose which was later adopted by the National Institute for the Blind. He became the best-known musical adjudicator of his day and his choral works were often performed. He lived in Cork from 1919 to 1923 and returned to Belfast until 1932. He published Gems of Irish Melody.
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||10 December 1869
||10 February 1945