Charles (Carl) Oberthür (1819-1895) was one of the
best-known of nineteenth-century harpists and a
prolific composer for his instrument. Born in Munich,
he held appointments at Zurich and Wiesbaden before
settling in London in 1844. At the forefront of English
harp playing and teaching for the next fifty years he
also maintained strong European connections, teaching
at the Paris and Brussels conservatoires, touring
extensively and visiting numerous courts and festivals.
His private pupils included Princess Stephanie (wife of
Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria) and the Duchess of
Wellington. In 1884 he toured the USA.
Oberthür’s works include operas, orchestral and choral
works and more that three hundred opus numbers for
harp, occasionally with other instruments. This caprice
was composed entirely for Concert (Pedal) Harp.