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Louis Spohr

April 5, 1784 - October 22, 1859
born in Braunschweig, Germany, composed during the Classical period
Louis Spohr (1784-1859), composer and virtuoso violinist, was regarded in his time as Germany's answer to Paganini, as well as a creative genius equal to Beethoven. Time has proved to the latter notion incorrect, though Spohr's many concertos, symphonies, and chamber works are charming pieces, somewhat in the vein of Mozart. Much of his music became obscure, but his Nonet has remained quite popular. Spohr has also been remembered for inventing the violin's chin rest, for introducing rehearsal letters into scores, for being one of the first to use the baton in conducting, and even for dabbling in chess and painting. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Track List: Louis Spohr: Chamber Music

Disc 1
Title: Quintet For Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Piano In C Minor, Op. 52
Title: Sextet For 2 Violins, 2 Violas & 2 Cellos In C Major, Op. 140
Disc 2
Title: Septet For Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Cello & Piano In A Minor, Op. 147
Title: Piano Quintet In D Major, Op. 130

Comments

gilmoregj
Wonderful composer and as a clarinet player very inspirationa l .
joseph504436
Sports is an excellent composer
Dieter Klocker is unquestionab l y a magnificent clarinetist. He ranks right up there with all the top clarinet players.
Bon
How can you say that Spohr isn’t as good as Beetoven, and not to agree is incorrect? Music is by definition subjective. Fire the biographer!
Soothing
bfkcls71
Why not write a bio about what Spohr accomplished rather then about how he was not as much of genius as Beethoven? He was still a great composer. It's obvious that his clarinet concertos are genius. His chamber music is not doubt genius. He as a fine conductor who appreciated music such as Ries. Few in music history were as great as Beethoven, so falling short of his abilities is not a good reason to belittle a composer or igonore a composer's music.
Charming...
He's like mozart on ativan
eireflute
He quite obviously is genius, though using superlatives to compare composers is tough. And he does NOT compose in the vein of Mozart. His style is much more late Classical/ea r l y Romantic, more along the lines of Schubert. Just sayin'...
Not the equal of Beethoven in genius? I don't know about that. Although I must admit that he is not as influential or well known, I consider him to be a genius for the ages as well.
I heard a piece by hm on WQXR about a week ago and thought it was great.
If Spohr's other compositions are as charming as his Clarinet Concerto, then he should be brought out of obscurity. And...clarin e t music is happy music.
Spohr écrit pour le registre de clarinette plus bas est brillant.
Queste variazioni sono so il melodical ciò trasportano alla persona in un altro collocare nell’univers e . Magnifico!
I am new to classical music and I find it very enjoyable especially the great composers of the past!!!
Thank you for posting these fascinating biographies to read as we listen to music-- I'm learning so much. He sounds like a great guy and his music was good too!

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