Catharina Pratten

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Catharina Josepha Pratten (15 November 1824 – 1895) was a German guitar virtuoso, composer and teacher, also known as Madame Sidney Pratten.

She was born Catharina Josepha Pelzer in Mülheim on the 15 November 1824,[1] the daughter of the German guitarist and music teacher Ferdinand Pelzer.

On 24 September 1854, she married the flautist Robert Sidney Pratten.[2][3]

She is buried at Brompton Cemetery, London.[4]

Her guitar was advertised for sale in The Times in "splendid condition" in 1939.[5]


  1. ^ see Nicoletta Confalone in "il Fronimo" n.181, Jan. 2018, who at p.21, note 3. refers about the discovery by Ulrich Wedemeier of the birth certificate
  2. ^ "Madame Sidney Pratten (Catharina Josepha Pratten (née Pelzer)) (1821-1895)". NPG. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Pratten, Robert Sidney". DNB. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ "FIFTY NOTABLE PERSONALITIES - The Friends of Brompton Cemetery". Archived from the original on 2016-10-13. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Eighty-year-old guitar for sale". Classified Advertising. The Times (48298). London. 6 May 1939. p. 2.

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