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CELEBRATED VIOLIN PLAYERS.
amongst others Vieuxtemps and Prume. His works are well known, chiefly his concertos and Themes varies. He resided in Brussels, became blind in 1852, and died in April 1870.
Besekirsky, Basil Basilewitzsch, born 1835, at Moscow; pupil of Leonard at Brussels. He appeared with success in Germany, France, Spain, &c, as a virtuoso.
Biber, Franz, born 1638, at Wartenburg on the Bohemian frontier, died 1698 at Salzburg, where he was Capell-meister. He was raised to the nobility by the Emperor Leopold 1 st. A few sonatas composed by him are to be found in David's advanced school of violin playing.
Blagrove, Henry Gamble, born Oct. 1811, at Nottingham. Taught by his father, he played in public at the age of five, and on the opening of the Royal Academy of Music, London, was one of the first pupils, studying with F. Cramer. In 1833—1834 he studied under Spohr. He was for 30 years one of the most prominent English players, and died Dec. 15th 1872.
Blanhensee, Julius, born April 9th 1858, at Wartburg in Westphalia; pupil of Joachim. He was Kammervirtuos at Sondershausen, and subsequently leader at Nurem-burg.
Bbhm, Joseph, born April 4th 1795, at Pesth, died March 23rd 1876; pupil of Rode, and teacher of Joachim. He was engaged chiefly in the Viennese Court orchestra, and as teacher in the Vienna Conservatorium.
Bohrer, Anton, born 1783 (1791?) at Munich; pupil of Rud. Kreutzer. He was leader at Berlin and Hanover, and died in 1852.
Bolt, Jean Joseph, born March 9th 1826, at Cassel, died 1895, in America; pupil of Spohr. He was leader at Cassel, and subsequently at Meiningen and Hanover (Court-Capellmeister), where he was pensioned in 1878. Since then he lived in Hamburg, New York, &c.
Boucher, Alexandre Jean, born 1770, Paris, died 1861. He was a great charlatan in violin playing, yet was received with much applause on his concert tours.
Brassin, Gerhard, born June 10th 1844, at Aix; pupil of David. He was leader at Berne and Gothen­burg, then teacher in Stern's Conservatorium, Berlin; from 1875—1880 conductor of the Breslau Musikverein; since then living in St. Petersburg,
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