Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music

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Editor: Georg Hellmesberger

Joseph Hellmesberger, snr.

  • b. Vienna, 3.11.1828.
  • d. Vienna, 24.10.1893

Teacher: father, Georg Hellmesberger.

Associates: Brahms, Bruckner, Otto Nicolai, Johann von Herbeck, Wagner, Raff, Volkmann.

Professional appointments

  • Director, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1851-93).
  • Conductor, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1851-9).
  • Teacher at Vienna Conservatory from 1851.
  • Concertmaster, Hofoper (from 1860).
  • Solo violin, Hofkapelle, (from 1863).
  • Court Kapellmeister (1877-93).

Chamber ensembles: Hellmesberger Quartet, founded 1849. Original membership; Karl Heissler, Mathias Durst and Carl Schlesinger. 1855 line-up: Durst, F.Dobyhal, Borzaga. In 1858 Bernhard Cossmann became the cellist, then in 1859 Heinrich Röver. Reinhold Hummer, Joseph Sulzer and David Popper also appeared as cellist. In 1867 Adolf Brodsky became second violinist, and in 1870, Joseph Hellmesberger jnr. took over. In 1883 the quartet included three Hellmesbergers, with Ferdinand Hellmesberger as cellist. Viola, J. Maxintsak, a pupil of Joseph snr.

Pupils: Leopold Auer, Adolf Brodsky, Arthur Nikisch, Hans Wessely, Franz Drdla, Joseph Hellmesberger, jnr., Hermann Graedener, Johann and Joseph Schrammel, Fritz Kreisler, Franz Kneisel.

Editions

Title Composer Work Publisher Publication No. Date
Quartett Schumann, Robert Piano Quartet Universal 878 1903 View
Streichquartette Beethoven, Ludwig van String Quartets (complete editions) Universal 1905 View