89. Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser [365 Composers for 2013]


30th March – Louis Schindelmeisser

Schindelmeisser (December 8th 1811 – March 30th, 1864) is our composer for 30th March, to mark the day of his death.
Nationality: German
Lifespan: 52 years
Genre: Classical
Education: Berlin High School for Music
Fame Ranking: 5

Born in the Prussian town of Konigsberg, Louis Schindelmeisser, was a composer, clarinet player and celebrated orchestra conductor. He was schooled in Berlin with A.B. Marx and French virtuoso clarinetist J.M. Hostie. and then with his step-brother Heinrich Dorn.

Schindelmeisser wrote clarinet music and opera. For the clarinet, he wrote an atypically scored piece for four clarinets and orchestra, his “Sinfonia Concertante”. His operas show influence from Carl Maria von Weber, who was roughly twenty years his senior. However, it was Richard Wagner that he was an outspoken enthusiast of. He and Wagner had a long-standing friendship, and he conducted the premieres of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and “Rienzi” operas. His conducting career took him far afield, from Berlin to Budapest among other places.

Here is Schindelmeisser’s Concertante for four clarinets:


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