Louis Spohr (1784-1859) was born in Brunswick Germany
and his father was an amateur flutist. In his early
years he studied harp but, later changing to violin. In
1860, He married the harpist Dorette Scheidler, who
fascinated him by her virtuosic playing. His
preoccupation with harp and violin led to the decision
to tune the harp a semitone lower. Thus it was possible
to play together with the violin in her preferred
tonalities without using the harps pedals.
During his lifetime he was more famous than Beethoven
or Schumann and supported Wagner by playing the
Fliegende Holländer in Kassel. His fame being a violin
virtuoso was only topped by Paganini.
I created this transcription for Viola & Concert