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Louis Spohr - young self-portrait
Louis Spohr - mature portrait
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The aim of the Spohr Society of Great Britain is to promote the music of
Louis Spohr (1784-1859), one of the towering figures on the musical
scene of the first half of the nineteenth century.
It was formed in 1969 as the British branch of the International Louis Spohr Society,
which is based in the German city of Kassel
where Spohr spent most of his working life.
Kassel Friedrichsplatz c. 1850
The Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, circa 1850
(lithograph by J. M. Kurz) (private collection)

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The Society currently has around 70 members in many different countries including Japan, France, Switzerland
and the United States.   Members receive four Newsletters a year as well as the annual Spohr Journal,
which contains articles on various aspects of the composer and his work.
The Society is always ready to give advice and encouragement, and may be able to provide instrumental and
vocal scores.  In recent years it has collaborated with Merton Music (mertonmusic@argonet.co.uk), which
now publishes all 36 of Spohr’s string quartets, as well as most of his other chamber music,
for amateur and professional quartet ensembles to use.
The Society is also interested to hear from musicians intending to perform works by Spohr and invites
members to draw its attention to concerts and recitals including works by him in their locality.
Reviews by members of such concerts would be most welcome.
The annual subscription is currently £7 for residents of the United Kingdom, £9 for other European countries
and £12 for the rest of the world.  Membership enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary
(please click on the Contact Us link or e-mail chtsheffield@yahoo.co.uk .
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