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Gustav F. Heim and the Waldhorn Quartet



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Gustav F. Heim was born on May 8, 1879 in the small town Schleusingen in Thüringen, Germany. He began the study of music at an early age under his fathers guidiance. In 1893 he entered the Music School in Schleusingen. After 4 years in this school, he entered into military service as a cornet and flugelhorn soloist. His regiment was the 95th Regiment of Hildburghausen, Thüringen.

Gustav Heim died at the Cornell Medical Centre, on October 30, 1933.

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In 1904, at the request of his brother who lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Gustav Heim came to the United States. In St. Louis, he was engaged to play first trumpet with the Choral Symphony Society. Soon after that, Heim was engaged to play first trumpet with the World’s Fair Orchestra which was conducted by different leaders, among them Karl Komzack, Walter Damrosch, and Van der Strucken of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Among the visitors at the Fair in St. Louis was Fritz Scheel, conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. When Scheel heard Heim’s playing he engaged him to play first trumpet in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Heim held this position for two years (1905 - 1907). In 1914 Karl Muck was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Heim was hired to play first trumpet. There was a strike in 1919 in the Orchestra. After the strike George Mager was the first trumpet and Heim left. In Boston Heim also organized his Boston Philharmonic Band, which played engagements in the area, with himself as cornet soloist.

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