Langhans, (Friedrich) Wilhelm

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Langhans, (Friedrich) Wilhelm

Langhans, (Friedrich) Wilhelm, German composer and violinist; b. Hamburg, Sept. 21, 1832; d. Berlin, June 9, 1892. He studied at the Leipzig Cons, with David (violin) and Hauptmann and Richter (composition), then in Paris with Alard (violin). From 1852 to 1856 he played violin in the Gewandhaus Orch. at Leipzig, and from 1857 to 1860 he was concertmaster at Düsseldorf. He then was a teacher and violinist in Hamburg, Paris, and Heidelberg. He received his Ph.D. at Heidelberg (1871). He taught music history at Kul-lak’s Neue Akademie der Tonkunst in Berlin (1874–81), and in 1881 joined the faculty of the Scharwenka Cons, there. In 1858 he married the pianist Louise Japha (divorced in 1874). He wrote a Sym., String Quartet, Violin Sonata, and violin studies.


Das musikalische Urtheil und seine Ausbildung durch die Erziehung (Berlin, 1872; 2nd ed., 1886); Die königliche Hochschule fir Musik in Berlin (Leipzig, 1873); Die Musikgeschichte in zwölf Vorlesungen (Leipzig, 1878; 2nd ed., 1879; Eng. ed., 1886); Die Geschichte der Musik des 17., 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts in chronologischem anschlusse an die Musikgeschichte von A.W. Ambros (Leipzig, 1881-87).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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