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date: 27 February 2020

Bandmaster (Fr. chef d'harmonie; Ger. Kapellmeister; It. capobanda)locked

  • H.G. Farmer
  •  and Raoul F. Camus


(Fr. chef d'harmonie; Ger. Kapellmeister; It. capobanda)

The master, leader or director of a band (see Band). Earlier titles included Music Master, Music Major and Leader of the Band. Bandmasters normally hold officer's rank in the armed forces; in the 18th century and the 19th they were often civilians. Army bandsmen in Britain have been formally trained as bandmasters since 1857 at Kneller Hall (Royal Military School of Music); see London, §VIII, 3, (ii). Some eminent bandmasters of the past are: Julius Fučík (1872–1916), Josef Gung'l (1809–89), Andreas Leonhardt (1800–66) and C.M. Ziehrer (1843–1922) in the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Carl Boosé (1815–68), Dan Godfrey (1831–1903), Charles Godfrey (ii) (1839–1919) and Ladislao Zavertal (1849–1942) in Britain; J.J. Gagnier (1885–1949), Charles O'Neill (1882–1964) and Joseph Vézina (1849–1924) in Canada; F.-J. Gossec (1734–1829), H.E. Klosé (...

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