Life & Career of Louis Spohr

Events

Born in Braunschweig, Germany

April 5, 1784

Begins Playing Violin

1789

2nd Vln. at Brunswick Court Orchestra

1799

Vln. Concerto No. 1

1803

First Successful Concert Tour

1804

Popularizes Beethoven's Early Symphonies

1805

Konzertmeister at Gotha

1805

Marries Dorothea Scheidler and Writes First Opera

1806

First Report of Conducting Without Instrument

1810

Symphony No. 1

1811

Becomes Orchesterdirektor in Vienna; Writes opera Faust

1813

Italian Concert Tour with Dorette

1816

Journeys to London, Paris, Dresden; Becomes Star in England

1820

Hopfkapellmeister in Kassel

1822

Violinschule and Invention of Chin Rest

1832

Death of Dorothea

1834

Marries Marianne Pfeiffer

1836

5 More Successful Concert Tours of England

1839

Died in Kassel, Germany

October 22, 1859