Benedict, Sir Julius
- Nicholas Temperley
(b Stuttgart, Nov 27, 1804; d London, June 5, 1885). British composer and conductor of German Jewish birth. His father, a banker, placed him under Ludwig Abeille for musical instruction; at the age of 15 he went to Weimar as a pupil of Hummel, who introduced him to Beethoven. His father, anxious for him to study with Weber, took him to Dresden in February 1821, and Hummel persuaded Weber to take Benedict as his first pupil. Weber soon treated him as a member of his family, and gave him 12 lessons a month. Benedict accompanied Weber to Berlin in June 1821 for the première of Der Freischütz, and had the first of many meetings with Mendelssohn. He also went to Vienna in September 1823 for the first performance of Euryanthe (25 October), and was present at Weber’s famous meeting with Beethoven at Baden on 5 October. When Weber left Vienna on 5 November Benedict stayed behind to keep an eye on the subsequent performances....