Louis Spohr's Autobiography: Translated from the German

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 22, 2010 - History - 692 pages
Louis Spohr (1784-1859) was one of the most popular musicians of the early Romantic period, but of his considerable output (including 10 symphonies, 15 violin concertos, nine operas and a large amount of chamber music), only the Octet op.32 and the Nonet op.31 are heard regularly today. Spohr established his name as a virtuoso violinist and completed his Violin method in 1831. As a conductor, he contributed to the increasing use of the baton to direct performances. He travelled widely in Europe, visiting London for the first time in 1820, when he directed a Philharmonic Society concert, and returning four times between 1843 and 1853. This autobiography, begun in 1847, gives a lively (but not necessarily always accurate) account of life as a professional musician. Spohr's own account ends at June 1838, and the book was completed by family members using materials provided by his wife.
 

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Contents

to 1799 Spohrs childhood and youth at Seesen and Brans
1
Spohr proceeds with Franz Fck to St Petersburg
82
Musical tour to Weimar Leipsio Dresden Prague Munich
101
Pedestrian tour through the Harz with his pupils
112
Musical tour to Leipsic Breslau Berlin and Hamburg
128
Return to Gandersheim
134
Musical festival at Frankenhausen
139
Das jtingste Gericht at
157
Institutes the Society of St Cecilia 147
147
Jessonda performed in Leipsic 153
153
Die letzten Dinge in Cassel
159
Musical festival at Halberstadt 165
165
Celebration festival upon the occasion of the grant of
172
Die Weihe der Tone 178
178
Journey to Marienbad 184
184
Spohrs second marriage 194
194

Appointed director of the orchestra at the theatre An
168
The Liberation of Germany
182
Journey to Briinn Breslau Carolath Third musical
203
Death of Theresa Spohr
209
Frankfort Strasbourg c
217
Journey to Hannover
316
Departure from Rome Arrival at Naples
325
Zemire and Azov 58
58
Appointed court musician at Brunswick 62
62
Leaves Frankfort 66
66
Journey to London 72
72
First concert at the Philharmonic Society 82
82
Appointed ConcertMaster at Gotha Present with Prince
84
Marriage of Spohr with Dorette Scheidler 95
95
Appointed director of the orchestra of the court theatre
141
Projected musical festival at Cassel 202
202
Composes his Historical Symphony 215
215
Journey to the musical festival at AixlaChapehe 227
227
Journey to Carlsbad 240
240
Journey to London to direct the Fall of Babylon 249
249
The Crusaders 257
257
Journey to Leipsic and Carlsbad 276
276
Spohrs twentyfifth Anniversary as director at Cassel 282
282
Festivities at Cassel 293
293
Journey to Switzerland and Italy 300
300
Bott at Cassel 306
306
Journey to Switzerland Munich and Alexandersbad 314
314
Journey to Dresden Saxon Switzerland and Prague 321
321
His Last composition
334
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