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Louis Spohr


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Louis Spohr (April 5, 1784 – October 22, 1859) was a German composer, violinist and conductor. Born Ludwig Spohr, he is usually known by the French form of his name outside Germany.

Spohr was born in Braunschweig in the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg to Karl Heinrich Spohr and Juliane Ernestine Luise Henke and throughout his childhood showed talent for the violin. He joined the ducal orchestra at the age of 15. Three years later he was sent, with the Duke of Brunswick’s support, on a year-long study tour to St Petersburg with the virtuoso violinist Franz Anton Eck. Spohr’s first notable compositions, including his First Violin Concerto, date from this time. After his return home, the Duke granted him leave to make a concert tour of North Germany. A concert in Leipzig in December 1804 brought the influential music critic Friedrich Rochlitz “to his knees”, not only because of Spohr’s playing but also because of his compositions. This concert brought the young man overnight fame in the whole German-speaking world.

In 1805, Spohr got a job as concertmaster at the court of Gotha, where he stayed until 1812. There he met the 18-year-old harpist Dorette Scheidler, daughter of one of the court singers, and fell in love with her. They were married the next year. They performed successfully together as a violin and harp duo, touring in Italy (1816-1817), England (1820) and Paris (1821), but Dorette later abandoned her harpist’s career and concentrated on raising their children. Her untimely death in 1834 brought him great sorrow.


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  • OG-Gurda

    So sick!

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Great musik

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • FoxDoeBull

    what the fudge does this haf to do with harps?

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bgammill

    His music is surely under appreciated.

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Vasilievich

    Spohr's violin concertos are great works! also, he invented the violin chin rest, fiddlers should be thankful to Spohr otherwise they'd come home and their wives/husbands would wail on them for having hicky marks on their chins lol

    22 May 2008 Reply
  • Eskel_cz

    Looks like my family's place. :) David Spohr

    8 Sep 2006 Reply

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