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CELEBRATED VIOLIN PLAYERS.
Baltzar, Thomas, born, in the first half of the 17th century at Liibeck; was regarded in his time as a phenomenal player-, died in 1663.
Barcezvicz, Stanislaus, born April 16th 1858, at Warsaw, pupil of Laub in Moscow; mostly engaged in concert tours.
Bargheer, Karl Louis, born Dec. 31st 1833, at Biickeburg, pupil of Spohr, was from 1863—1876 Court Capellmeister at Detmold, lived subsequently at Hamburg. Died 1902.
Barth, Richard, born June 5th 1850, at Gross-Wanzleben, Saxony; pupil of Beck at Magdeburg, and of Joachim. Became a left-handed player, owing to an accident to one of his fingers. Since 1882 leader at Krefeld.
Bazzini, Antonio, born Nov. 24th 1818, at Brescia; known also as a composer. He lives in Milan as teacher of composition at the Conservatorio, and since 1880 as its Director.
Becker, Jean, born 1836, at Mannheim; pupil of Kettenus there and of Alard in Paris; was leader at Mannheim and on resigning (1858) made concert tours. At Florence he founded the Florentine Quartett, in 1866, with Masi, Chiostri and Hilpert (subsequently Spitzer-Hegyesi), which was dissolved in 1870; he then travelled with his children, professionally, and died in 1884.
Benda, Franz, born Nov. 25th 1709, at Alt-Benatky in Bohemia, was at first a choir boy in the Nicolai Church, Prague, then in the choir of the Dresden Kapelle. Later he became a violinist (pupil of Konyczek and Graun), entered the Berlin opera orchestra in 1732, and became leader in 1771. He died at Potsdam, 1786. His brothers George, Johann, and Joseph, and his sons Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich, and Karl Hermann Heinrich, also a son of Joseph Benda's (Ernst Friedrich Johann) were all employed in the Royal orchestra, and, with the exception of George and Ernst, were pupils of the elder Benda.
Bennewitz, Anton, born March 26th 1833, at Privret, Bohemia; pupil of the Prague Conservatorium. He was leader at Salzburg and at Stuttgart; since 1866 professor in, and since 1882 Director of, the Prague Conservatorium.
Beriot, Charles de, born Feb. 20th 1802, at Louvain, the chief exponent of the Belgian school. He taught