Simandl, Franz, Bohemian double-bass player, pedagogue, and composer; b. Blatna, Aug. 1, 1840; d. Vienna, Dec. 13, 1912. He was a double-bass player in the Vienna Court Opera orch. and the Vienna Phil. (1869–1904); also taught at the Vienna Cons. (from 1869). He publ. Neueste Methode des Kontrabass-Spiels (in 3 parts) and 30 Etüden für Kontrabass, Die hohe Schule des Kontrabass-Spiels, a collection of concertos, studies, solo pieces, etc. His original compositions include a Konzertstück, Konzert-Etude, Concerto, fantasias, and minor pieces for his instrument.
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