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Damrosch

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Damrosch, name of a father and 2 sons, German-born musicians active in U.S. music education. Léopold Damrosch (1832–85), violinist and conductor, established the New York Symphony Society and was the orchestra's conductor until he died. Frank Damrosch (1859–1937) was a choral conductor and founder of the Institute of Musical Art (later a part of the Juilliard School of Music). Walter Johannes Damrosch (1862–1950), conductor and composer, conducted the New York Symphony during its first radio broadcast (1925) and was the music advisor for the “Music Appreciation Hour” on NBC radio. He composed operas and incidental music for theater, and published an autobiography.

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