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date: 19 August 2019

Ganz familylocked

  • M.C. Carr
  • , revised by Robert Pascall


German family of musicians.

(b Wiesbaden, Oct 14, 1795; d London, Nov 11, 1869). Violinist, conductor and composer. He studied harmony with Hollbusch. From 1821 to 1845 he was music director at the Stadttheater in Mainz (1819). He was made Kapellmeister to the Grand Duke of Hessen-Darmstadt in 1825 and ducal Hofkapellmeister in 1835. On 9 July 1840 he conducted the first British performance of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Prince’s Theatre, London. In 1846–7 he worked as a conductor in Nuremberg. In 1851 he settled in London, where for a time he was chorus master under Balfe at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He composed overtures, marches, songs, male-voice choruses and a melodrama. His elder son Eduard (b Mainz, 29 April 1827; d Berlin, 26 Nov 1869) studied the piano with Moscheles and Thalberg in London, settled in Berlin and founded a music school there in ...

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