Ferdinand David (musician)
Ferdinand David (January 20, 1810 in
Hamburg– July 19, 1873 in Klosters) was a German virtuoso violinist and composer.
David was a pupil of
Louis Spohrand Moritz Hauptmannfrom 1823 to 1824 and in 1826 became a violinist at Königstädtischen Theater in Berlin. In 1829 he was the first violinist of a string quartet in Dorpat and undertook concert tours in Riga, Saint Petersburgand Moscow. In 1835 he became concert master ("Konzertmeister") at the Gewandhaus in Leipzigand in 1843 professor of violin ("Violinlehrer") at the Leipziger Konservatorium. He gave the premiere of Felix Mendelssohn's great violin concerto, and had worked closely with Mendelssohn during the piece's preparation, giving technical advice.
David's own compositions number about 40. They include two symphonies, five
violin concertos, an opera("Hans Wacht", 1852), a string sextetfor three violins, viola and two cellos, and a number of lieder. David also composed a concertino for trombone and bassoon.
David also worked as editor of violin works by, for instance,
Francesco Maria Veracini, Pietro Locatelliand Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. He was editor of the complete Beethoven piano trios for C.F. Peters. He was also editor of the set of Johann Sebastian Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violinin 1843
David was also the author of several
musical hoaxes, notably the " Chaconnein g-minor by Tommaso Antonio Vitali".
David was raised Jewish but later converted to Christianity.
Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra
* [http://www.music.indiana.edu/som/trombone/david.htm Lessons on David's "Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra"]
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