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Gewandhaus U H

Organization of origin (Leipziger Gewandhaus-Orchester) and the building in which many of the organization’s concerts have taken place

Germany 1806 ca.
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The oldest extant string quartet group, whose name, however (Gewandhaus-Quartett), did not appear on a program until 1910. Throughout its history, the quartet has consisted of Gewandhaus orchestra members who played chamber music in the Gewandhaus organization. At times the quartet’s membership has been variable or has consisted of six or eight players; in a few periods, the quartet has been inactive.

Beginning in 1874, the quartet in the Gewandhaus had two 1st violinists, and in 1881 two cellists. From 1884 to 1899, the Gewandhaus presented two different string quartet groups. Although the original Gewandhaus players became known as the Petri Quartet, and the other group as the Brodsky Quartet, there were substitution, overlap, and switching of players between the two. In this period, both quartets were referred to informally or indirectly as Gewandhaus-Quartett.

In 1899 the Gewandhaus reverted to employing only one quartet as its own, after four players in four different positions left their respective quartet. The resulting Gewandhaus Quartet comprised one member from the former Petri and three from the former Brodsky. (Henri Petri and Adolf Brodsky themselves had left in 1889 and 1891 respectively.)

In its 14 years as a Gewandhaus Quartet, the Brodsky had 12 members. Five appear to the right on this page: Arno Hilf, Felix Berber, Bernhard Unkenstein, Alexander Sebald, and Julius Klengel. The other seven were Adolf Brodksy (violin I), Ottokar Nováček, (violin II, then viola), Hans Becker and Alfred Wille (violin II), Hans Sitt and Ferdinand Schäfer (viola), and Leopold Grützmacher (cello).

In 1936, the Gewandhaus chamber music concerts again added a second group, the Strub Quartet, which in 1939 included a former Gewandhaus Quartet cellist. In 1941, the Stiehler Quartet took over the Gewandhaus functions, including the name, with another former Gewandhaus Quartet cellist.

There were no concerts by the Gewandhaus Quartet from some time in 1945 to  Fall 1948, nor from Summer 1949 to Spring 1952. When the Quartet was reconstituted in 1948, yet another cellist was included who had been in it before; the 1952 reconstitution included a 1st violinist from before.

Problems, questions

The main source for the Gewandhaus Quartet, Böhm 2008, lists members from the year of their first concert. QuartetWeb lists members from when they become a member of a quartet, which may be in a calendar year before their first concert.

Additional references
Given name Family name   Start Stop    
VIOLIN I   Heinrich August Matthäi b. 1781 1808 1835 d. 1835  
 
  Ferdinand David b. 1810 1836 1851 d. 1873  
 
  Ferdinand David b. 1810 1851 1866 d. 1873  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Raimund Dreyschock, 1851–66

  Raimund Dreyschock b. 1824 1851 1866 d. 1869  
 
 
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Alternated with Ferdinand David, 1851–66

  Ferdinand David b. 1810 1866 1873 d. 1873  
 
  Engelbert Röntgen b. 1829 1873 1874 d. 1897  
 
  Engelbert Röntgen b. 1829 1874 1882 d. 1897  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Henry Schradieck, 1874–82

  Henry Schradieck b. 1846 1874 1882 d. 1918  
 
 
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Alternated with Engelbert Röntgen, 1874–82

  Henri Petri b. 1856 1882 1884 d. 1914  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Engelbert Röntgen, 1882–84

  Engelbert Röntgen b. 1829 1882 1884 d. 1897  
 
 
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Alternated with Henri Petri, 1882–84

  Henri Petri b. 1856 1884 1889 d. 1914  
 
  Arno Hilf b. 1858 1889 1891 d. 1909  
 
  Karl Prill b. 1864 1891 1897 d. 1931  
 
  Max Lewinger b. 1870 1897 1899 d. 1908  
 
  Felix Berber b. 1871 1899 1903 d. 1930  
 
  Edgar Wollgandt b. 1880 1903 1941 d. 1949  
 
  Kurt Stiehler b. 1910 1941 1945 d. 1981  
 
  Max Kalki b. 1907 1948 1949 d. 1990  
 
  Kurt Stiehler b. 1910 1952 1955 d. 1981  
 
  Gerhard Bosse b. 1922 1955 1977 d. 2012  
 
  Karl Suske b. 1934 1977 1993    
 
  Frank-Michael Erben b. 1965 1993    
 
VIOLIN I/II   Bartolomeo Campagnoli b. 1751 1806? 1808 d. 1827  
 
  Heinrich August Matthäi b. 1781 1806? 1808 d. 1835  
 
VIOLIN II   Bartolomeo Campagnoli b. 1751 1808 1816 d. 1827  
 
  Moritz Gotthold Klengel b. 1794 1816 1817 d. 1870  
 
  Carl August Lange b. 1789 1817 1835 d. 1865  
 
  Wilhelm Carl Uhlrich b. 1815 1836 1839 d. 1874  
 
  Moritz Gotthold Klengel b. 1794 1839 1850 d. 1870  
 
  Engelbert Röntgen b. 1829 1850 1873 d. 1897  
 
  Friedrich Georg Haubold b. 1832 1873 1878 d. 1879  
 
  Robert Bolland b. 1847 1878 1888 d. 1923  
 
  Franz Hjalmar von Dameck b. 1864 1888 1892 d. 1927  
 
  Max Rother b. 1867 1892 1902 d. 19uu  
 
  Edgar Heyde b. 1883 1902 1904 d. 19uu  
 
  Hugo Hamann b. 1870 1904 1906 d. 1925  
 
  Josef Blümle b. 1884 1906 1908 d. 19uu  
 
  Karl Wolschke b. 1884 1908 1937 d. 1941  
 
  Willy Schauss b. 1892 1937 1941 d. 19uu  
 
  Franz Genzel b. 1901 1941 1945 d. 1968  
 
  Peter Muck b. 1919 1948 1949 d. 2011  
 
  Horst Sannemüller b. 1918 1952 1955 d. 2001  
 
  Karl Suske b. 1934 1955 1962    
 
  Günter Glaß b. 1938 1962 1977    
 
  Giorgio Kröhner b. 1942 1977 1988    
 
  Conrad Suske b. 1958 1989    
 
VIOLA   Johann Georg Hermann Voigt b. 1769 1806? 1811 d. 1811  
 
  Carl August Lange b. 1789 1811 1817 d. 1865  
 
  Carl Heinrich Meyer b. 1784 1817 1827 d. 1837  
 
  Carl Traugott Queisser b. 1800 1827 ca. 1839 d. 1846  
 
  Carl Eckert b. 1820 1839 1841 d. 1879  
 
  Hermann Otto Hunger b. 1813 1841 1846 d. 1866  
 
  Friedrich Hermann b. 1828 1846 1874 d. 1907  
 
  Julius Thümer b. 1841 1874 1884 d. 1uuu  
 
  Bernhard Unkenstein b. 1860 1884 1899 d. 1928  
 
  Alexander Sebald b. 1869 1899 1904 d. 19uu  
 
  Carl Herrmann b. 1876 1904 1941 d. 19uu  
 
  Hermann Wilke b. 1893 1941 1945 d. uuuu  
 
  Richard Steiner b. 1897 1948 1949 d. 1982  
 
  Kurt Fuchs b. 1910 1952 1954 d. 2000  
 
  Fritz Händschke b. 1911 1954 1957 d. 2001  
 
  Arnold Matz b. 1904 1958 1958 d. 1991  
 
  Dietmar Hallmann b. 1935 1958 1993    
 
  Volker Metz b. 1942 1993 2005    
 
  Olaf Hallmann b. 1959 2006 2013?    
 
  Vincent Aucante   2013    
 
  Anton Jivaev   201u    
 
CELLO   Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer b. 1783 1806? 1811 d. 1860  
 
  Carl Ludwig Voigt b. 1792 1811 1829 d. 1831  
 
  Friedrich Wilhelm Grenser b. 1805 1829 1835 d. 1859  
 
  Johann Andreas Grabau b. 1808 1835 1836 d. 1884  
 
  Friedrich Wilhelm Grenser b. 1805 1836 1839 d. 1859  
 
  Carl Franz Wittmann b. 1814 1839 1853 d. 1860  
 
  Friedrich Grützmacher b. 1832 1853 1854 d. 1903  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Carl Franz Wittmann, 1853–54

  Carl Franz Wittmann b. 1814 1853 1854 d. 1860  
 
 
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Alternated with Friedrich Grützmacher, 1853–54

  Friedrich Grützmacher b. 1832 1854 1860 d. 1903  
 
  Karl Davidoff b. 1838 1860 1862 d. 1889  
 
  Carl Theodor Krumbholz b. 1uuu 1862 1863 d. 1878  
 
  Louis Theodor Lübeck b. 1838 1863 1866 d. 1904  
 
  Emil Hegar b. 1843 1866 1873 d. 1921  
 
  Carl Schröder b. 1848 1874 1881 d. 1935  
 
  Julius Klengel b. 1859 1881 1884 d. 1933  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Alwin Schröder, 1881–84, playing in the group with 1st violinist Engelbert Röntgen

  Alwin Schröder b. 1855 1881 1884 d. 1928  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Julius Klengel, 1881–84, playing in the group with 1st violinist Henry Schradieck, then Henri Petri

  Alwin Schröder b. 1855 1884 1891 d. 1928  
 
  Georg Wille b. 1869 1891 1899 d. 1958  
 
  Julius Klengel b. 1859 1899 1926 d. 1933  
 
  Julius Klengel b. 1859 1926 1930 d. 1933  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Hans Münch-Holland, 1926–30

  Hans Münch-Holland b. 1899 1926 1930 d. 1971  
 
 
Notes

Alternated with Julius Klengel, 1926–30

  Hans Münch-Holland b. 1899 1930 1933 d. 1971  
 
  August Eichhorn b. 1899 1933 1937 d. 1980  
 
  Willy Rebhan b. 1903 1937 1941 d. 1993  
 
  August Eichhorn b. 1899 1941 1943 d. 1980  
 
  Willy Rebhan b. 1903 1943 1945 d. 1993  
 
  Willy Rebhan b. 1903 1948 1949 d. 1993  
 
  Alwin Bauer b. 1922 1952 1957 d. 2001  
 
  Friedemann Erben b. 1931 1958 1973 d. 1983  
 
  Jürnjakob Timm b. 1949 1973 2014