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Louis Spohr (1784-1859) was a German composer, violinist and conductor who lived during the transition from Classical to Romantic music. He wrote ten symphonies, ten operas, eighteen violin concertos, and many other works for various ensembles and soloists. He was highly regarded in his lifetime, but his music fell into obscurity after his death. He invented the violin chinrest and the orchestral rehearsal mark. He was influenced by Mozart and Eck, and admired Wagner’s music. He toured extensively in Europe and America, performing with his wife Dorette Scheidler as a violin and harp duo1