The life of Johann Baptist Cramer furnishes a striking illustration of the career of a man who, having exceptionally solid acquirements, has bequeathed to posterity his most valuable knowledge in an enduring form.
Both as a professional musician and as a businessman, he enjoyed uninterrupted prosperity. Born at Mannheim, Germany, on February 24, 1771, of musical German lineage - his father beinga distinguished violinist, his grandfather a noted flautist - he was taken the following year to London, where his father settled permanently.
Cramer´s Studies for Pianoforte are those of his works wherein the composer yet lives and labors among us. They are still looked upon as indispensable.