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date: 15 November 2019

Damrosch familylocked

  • H.E. Krehbiel,
  • Richard Aldrich,
  • H.C. Colles,
  • R. Allen Lott
  •  and Douglas W. Shadle


German family of Musicians, active in the United States.

(b Posen, Germany [now Poznań, Poland], Oct 22, 1832; d New York, NY, Feb 15, 1885). Conductor, violinist, and composer of German birth. As an adolescent, he studied violin with Hubert Ries (1841–7) and music theory with Siegfried Dehn and an unidentified teacher named Böhmer. After receiving a degree in medicine from Berlin University in 1854, he decided, against his parents’ wishes, to devote himself to the study of music. In 1857, at the urging of Hans von Bülow, Liszt appointed him concertmaster of the Grand Ducal orchestra at Weimar. In 1858–60 he was conductor of the Breslau Philharmonic Society but resigned due to the orchestra’s weak financial condition. In 1862 he organized the Orchesterverein of Breslau, of which he remained director until 1871. Damrosch used his position to introduce radical works such as those by Wagner, as well as some of his own, to Breslau audiences....

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