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date: 07 April 2020

Anschütz, Karllocked

  • Bonnie Elizabeth Fleming

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(b Koblenz, Germany, Feb 1813; d New York, NY, 30 Dec, 1870). American conductor and composer of German birth. He studied with his father in Koblenz and Frederick Schneider in Dessau. He conducted in Koblenz at the Royal Musical Institution before moving to Nuremberg in 1848 to conduct its orchestra. He took a position in 1849 conducting the German opera at Amsterdam and traveled to London with a German opera troupe the same year. By 1857 Anschütz had become a conductor of great renown throughout the British Isles, and he traveled with Bernard Ullman’s Italian opera troupe to the United States. He conducted this group from 1857 through 1860, bringing Italian opera to American audiences while establishing himself as the most respected conductor in America during this era. In 1862 he founded the German Opera Company in New York. He also played an active role in establishing the New York Conservatory of Music. In addition to his conducting career, Anschütz composed noteworthy music of his own and transcribed Beethoven’s nine symphonies into arrangements for brass band....

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