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a person in charge of an orchestra, esp in an 18th-century princely household See also maestro di cappella
Word Origin
from German, from Kapelle chapel + Meistermaster
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  • In his capacity as capellmeister he had also to fill the part of conductor.

    Theodor Leschetizky Annette Hullah
  • The astonishment of the capellmeister and the organist was indescribable.

  • He filled this place until 1847, in which year he went to settle at Leipsic, in order to work as capellmeister at the theatre.

    The Violoncello and Its History

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  • There is little to say about Haydn's labours as capellmeister of the Esterhazy household at this time.

    Haydn J. Cuthbert Hadden
  • He also composed many ambitious works, which rise above the capellmeister average.

  • Handel expected he would fare badly with the king for not having returned as capellmeister to Germany.

  • capellmeister Schnabel, an old acquaintance of Chopin's, had invited the latter to come to a morning rehearsal.

  • In any case Bach was known to him by report, and in 1717 was invited to take the post of capellmeister at Coethen.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
  • Prince Leopold married a week after his capellmeister, and from this time forth his interest in music declined.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
  • They proceeded to resolve that the school needed a Cantor, and not a capellmeister, although he must understand music too.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole

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