Schwindl, Friedrich, violinist and composer; b.May 3, 1737; d. Karlsruhe, Aug. 7, 1786. He was Konzertmeister to the Margrave of Wied- Runkel and virtuoso di camera to the Count of Colloredo before going to The Hague (about 1770), where he was active as a teacher and as first violinist to Prince William V of Orange. After a sojourn in Switzerland, he was made Konzertmeister to the Margrave of Bad Durlach in Karlsruhe in 1780. Throughout his career, he traveled widely as a virtuoso. He was greatly admired as a composer of instrumental music, which was played in Europe and even in America during his lifetime. His output includes more than 30 syms., much chamber music, and vocal pieces.
A. Downs, The Symphonies of F. S. (diss., N.Y.U., 1973).
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