Stamitz, Karl

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Stamitz, Karl [ Karel Stamic] (b Mannheim, 1745; d Jena, 1801). Ger. composer and violinist, son of Johann Wenzel Stamitz. Violinist in Mannheim orch. 1762–70. Went to Paris with brother in 1770 and to London 1777–9. Returned to Ger. as cond. at Jena. Also visited Russ. Wrote operas, over 50 syms., 38 sinfonie concertanti (for vn. and va., etc.), concs. for various instr. (incl. vn., vc., va. d'amore, bn., cl., fl., hpd.), and chamber mus.