Although virtually unknown to general audiences, the musical legacy of German composer, conductor and violinist Ludwig Spohr (1784-1859) is far-reaching indeed. Little of his own music survives in the general repertoire, but he is remembered as one of the preeminent conductors of the first half of the nineteenth century and as a seminal figure in the development of modern violin playing. Also, in addition to having invented both the violin chin-rest and rehearsal numbers/letters for printed music, he was the first major conductor to use a baton. Born in northern Germany in 1784, Spohr showed early talent for the violin, and by age 15 he was a member of the ducal orchestra at Braunschweig. At 18 he was sent by the Duke for a year of study with well-known violinist Franz Anton Eck, at the end of which time Spohr was considered ripe for a ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Variations on a theme from "Alruna" for clarinet & orchestra in B flat major, WoO 15 1809 08:08 Concerto
Fantasia for harp in C minor, Op. 35 1807 09:02 Chamber Music
Notturno for winds & Turkish band in C major, Op. 34 1815 30:33 Band Music
Sonata for violin & harp in D major/E flat major ("Sonata Concertante"), Op. 113 1806 19:11 Chamber Music
Variations on Méhul's "Je suis encore dans mon printemps" for harp in F major, Op. 36 1807 06:35 Chamber Music
Sonata for violin & harp in C minor, WoO 23 1805 15:31 Chamber Music
Zemire und Azor, opera, WoO 52 1818 01:50:05 Opera
Violin Concerto No. 7 in E minor, Op. 38 1814 26:29 Concerto
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26 1808 20:57 Concerto
Octet for clarinet, 2 horns, violin, 2 viola, cello & double bass in E major, Op. 32 1814 27:16 Chamber Music
Septet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 147 1853 30:39 Chamber Music
Sonata for violin & harp or piano in D major/E flat major, Op. 114 1811 19:44 Chamber Music
Fantasia and Variations on a theme by Danzi for clarinet & string quartet (or piano) in B flat major, Op. 81 1814 07:20 Chamber Music
Violin Concerto No. 8 in A minor ("In modo di scena cantante"), Op. 47 1816 18:59 Concerto
Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos in C major, Op. 140 1848 24:22 Chamber Music
Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in F minor, WoO 19 1821 27:09 Concerto
Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello & double bass in F major, Op. 31 1813 30:35 Chamber Music
Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65 1823 22:44 Chamber Music
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 57 1810 25:06 Concerto
Faust, opera, WoO 51, WoO 51a 1813 02:07:28 Opera
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