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Joseph Hellmesberger

Josef Hellmesberger Sr. (3 November 1828 – 24 October 1893) was an Austrian violinist, conductor, and composer.

Born in Vienna, he was the son of musician and pedagogue, Georg Hellmesberger Sr. (1800–1873), and was taught violin by his father at the Vienna Conservatory. Hellmesberger hails from a family of notable musicians including: brother, Georg Jr. (1830–1852); son, Josef Jr. (1855–1907); and son Ferdinand (1863–1940).

In 1851, Hellmesberger became violin professor at the Vienna Conservatory, artistic director and conductor of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde concerts as well as director of the Vienna Conservatory. After the division of the two roles in 1859, he remained director of the Conservatory, while Johann Herbeck became conductor of the concerts. He was professor until 1877, but continued on as director until his death in Vienna.

In 1860 he became concertmaster of the Court Opera orchestra and took on various other positions in Vienna's music life.

Hellmesberger founded the Hellmesberger Quartet in 1849. Later his son, Josef Jr., joined playing second violin. He surrendered leadership and first chair to Josef Jr. in 1887.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1826 (Vienna), Died October 24th, 1893 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41752 10-in. 2/24/1928 Entr'acte Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-023958 10-in. 6/29/1938 Entr'acte valse The Aeolians Instrumental quartet composer  


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"Hellmesberger, Joseph." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.

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