Loeffler, Charles [Karl] Martin
- Ellen Knight
(b Schöneberg, nr Berlin, Jan 30, 1861; d Medfield, MA, May 19, 1935). Composer and violinist. He claimed Alsatian birth; his parents, however, were natives of Berlin, and the records of the Hochschule für Musik give one of their residences, Schöneberg, as the composer's birthplace. The later political difficulties endured by his father, including imprisonment (to which Loeffler attributed his father's death), made the son so hostile towards Germany that he adopted French manners, tastes and style. He had his first violin lessons in the late 1860s from a German member of the Russian Imperial Orchestra. By the age of 13 he had decided to become a professional violinist, and from ...