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Wunderle, Carl, 1866-1944


Biographical History

Carl Wunderle (1866-1944) was a prominent violinist from Germany who performed around the world as a soloist and as a member of several major symphonies. Later in his life he learned the viola d'amore which he also performed and lectured on until his retirement in 1941.

Carl Valentin Wunderle was born in Meleck, Germany on April 13, 1866. Showing talent on the violin from an early age, Wunderle performed throughout Europe with his siblings in a group they formed called the "Wunderkind" trio. He later studied violin with a man named Brückner at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich from 1880 to 1886. Afterwards he played with numerous European orchestras including the Exposition Orchestra in Munich, the Kurhaus Orchestra in Kissingen, the Meininger Court Orchestra, the Kurhaus Orchestra in Russia, the Exposition Orchestra in Vienna, and the Hans von Bülow Orchestra in Hamburg. In 1891 he studied with Josef Joachim at the Hochschule in Berlin.

In 1893 he traveled to the United States and continued to play as a member of the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Orchestra. He played both violin and viola and later learned the viola d'amore, which he also performed and lectured on. Wunderle retired in 1941 and died on February 16, 1944.

UPB files, July 17, 2014 (born in Germany on April 13, 1866; performed with his siblings in the "Wunderkind" trio; where, when, and who he studied with; attended the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Munich 1880-1886; orchestras he played with; immigrated to the U.S. in 1893; retired in 1941; died on February 16, 1944)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore

Identifier: MSS 8507
Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to Gordon Childs’ research on, experience with, and study of, the viola d’amore. It includes his personal collection of viola d'amore music, his research on the viola d'amore, and other materials related to well-known contemporary viola d’amore players and composers. Dated 1602-2014 with the bulk being from 1935-1997.

Dates: Publication: 1602-2014; Publication: Majority of material found within 1935-1997

Gordon Childs papers on Carl Wunderle, approximately 1866-1944

 Sub-Series — Oversize 7: Series 2; Series 3; Series 5, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSS 8507 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub- 9
Scope and Contents

This subseries contains musical scores composed and arranged by Wunderle in the form of photocopied handwritten manuscripts. Dated circa 1866-1944.

Dates: Publication: approximately 1866-1944

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