August Wilhelmj

Born 21 September 1845. Died 22 January 1908
August Wilhelmj
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1845-09-21
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August Wilhelmj

August Wilhelmj Biography (Wikipedia)

August Emil Daniel Ferdinand Wilhelmj (21 September 1845 in Usingen – 22 January 1908 in London) was a German violinist and teacher.

Wilhelmj was considered a child prodigy. When Henriette Sontag heard him in 1852, when he was seven, she said "You will be the German Paganini". In 1861, Franz Liszt heard him and sent him to Ferdinand David with a letter containing the words "Let me present you the future Paganini!". His teachers included: Ferdinand David, for the violin, Moritz Hauptmann, for music theory and composition, and Joachim Raff for composition.

A personal friend of Wagner, he led the violins at the première of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Bayreuth in 1876. He visited Australia in 1881, playing in the old Freemasons' Hall, but though appreciated by those who attended his concerts, their number was not sufficient to make the tour a financial success. It was not until introduced to London audiences by Jenny Lind in 1886 that Wilhelmj became a "household name".

He has become famous for his late nineteenth century arrangement of the second movement of J. S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 for violin and piano, known as Air on the G String and for his re-orchestration of the 1st movement of Niccolò Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1 in D major Op. 6 (1883/1884).

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Henryk Wieniawski
Légende, Op 17
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Légende, Op 17
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27 no. 2
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Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27 no. 2
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne No. 8 in D flat, Op. 27 No. 2
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Nocturne No. 8 in D flat, Op. 27 No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach
Air on the G string
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Air on the G string
Richard Wagner
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1896: Prom 32
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Queen's Hall
1896-10-05T22:57:03
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Oct
1896

Proms 1896: Prom 32

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Proms 1896: Prom 19
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Queen's Hall
1896-09-19T22:57:03
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Sep
1896

Proms 1896: Prom 19

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