Gordon Childs papers on Hugo Walter Voigtlander, approximately 1859-1933
Scope and Contents
Contains musical scores arranged by Voigtlander in the form of photocopied handwritten manuscripts. Includes added fingerings and markings. Dated circa 1859-1933.
- Publication: approximately 1859-1933
- Voigtlander, Hugo Walter, 1859-1933 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English and German.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
Hugo Walter Voigtlander (1859-1933) was a prominent violinist/violist from Germany who performed around the world as a member of various professional orchestras. He became interested in the viola d'amore following his emigration to the United States in 1885.
Hugo Walter Voigtlander was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1859. He studied violin with A. Raab, the concert master of the symphony there. In 1879 he attended the Leipzig Conservatory of Music where he studied with Henry Schradieck and Friedrich Hermann until 1882. Voigtlander later performed with the Gewandhaus and Theater orchestra under Reinecke, Nikisch, Seidl, Von Bulow, and Rubinstein. Afterwards he joined the Hamburg Concert Orchestra and then the Richard Wagner Theater Orchestra with which he traveled all over Europe.
Voigtlander then returned to Leipzig and studied viola with Hermann. He would go on to play viola in the City Orchestra of Dusseldorf and perform in the “Niederrheinisch Music Festival” under Johannes Brahms and Julius Tausch. In 1885 he immigrated to the United States and lived in Detroit where he became interested in the viola d’amore. He later settled in New York City where he performed on the viola d’amore in Carnegie Hall and other places. He was the violist in the Listemann Quartet and played in the New York Philharmonic Metropolitan under Toscanini until 1914. Voigtlander lived in the Bronx until he died in 1933.
The original order of the manuscripts, scores, and other materials has been maintained.