Joseph Hellmesberger Jr.

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Joseph Hellmesberger Jr.


Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. (9 April 1855, Vienna, Austria – 26 April 1907, Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian composer, conductor and violinist.

Hellmesberger was born into a Viennese musical family. His grandfather was the first concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, and his father was a famous violinist as well as a conductor and composer. Hellmesberger started out as a virtuoso violinist and later became a well-known conductor; In 1875 Hellmesberger became a member of his father's Hellmesberger Quartet, while in 1887 he became leader. In 1878 Hellmesberger became solo violinist of the Vienna Court Chapel and professor at the Vienna Conservatory. In 1890 he was the first hofkapellmeister at the Vienna Court Opera, and from 1901 to 1903 he was principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic. After his penchant for young female dancers of the State Theater led to a scandal, he left Vienna and concentrated on composing light music, particularly operetta.

In 1904 and 1905 he was Kapellmeister at the Stuttgarter Hoftheater

His compositions include 22 operettas, six ballets, dance music and lieder.

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