Hermstedt, (Johann) Simon

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Hermstedt, (Johann) Simon

Hermstedt, (Johann) Simon, famous German clarinetist; b. Langensalza, Dec. 29, 1778; d. Sondershausen, Aug. 10, 1846. He was educated at the Annaberg school for soldiers’ children, and studied with Knoblauch and Baer. He was a court musician in Sondershausen. He made improvements in his instrument, and also composed concertos, variations, and other pieces for clarinet. Spohr wrote a Clarinet Concerto for him.

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