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Rodolphe Kreutzer Program Notes and Sheet Music

Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831) was a French violinist, composer, and conductor. He was one of the most important violinists of his time, and he composed over 100 violin concertos and sonatas. He was also a professor at the Paris Conservatory, where he taught many of the leading violinists of the 19th century.

Kreutzer was born in Versailles, France, in 1766. He began studying the violin at a young age, and he quickly showed great talent. He made his debut as a violinist at the age of 12, and he soon became one of the most sought-after violinists in Paris.

In 1795, Kreutzer was appointed professor of violin at the Paris Conservatory. He held this position until 1826, and he taught many of the leading violinists of the 19th century, including Louis Spohr, Henryk Wieniawski, and Joseph Joachim.

Kreutzer was also a prolific composer. He wrote over 100 violin concertos and sonatas, as well as a number of chamber music works and operas. His violin concertos are known for their technical difficulty and their expressive melodies.

Kreutzer died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1831. He was one of the most important violinists of his time, and his music continues to be performed by violinists all over the world.

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