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[kah-pel-mahy-ster, kuh-] /kɑˈpɛlˌmaɪ stər, kə-/
noun, plural Kapellmeister.
a choirmaster.
a conductor of an orchestra.
a bandmaster.
Origin of Kapellmeister
From German, dating back to 1830-40; See origin at chapel, master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Oh, yes, he was our guest once; he is the Kapellmeister,” she said.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Daniel heard one of them say: “The Kapellmeister should send for the doctor.”

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • My father is Kapellmeister at the metropolitan church, which gives me the opportunity of writing as much as I like for the church.

  • In 1841 Mendelssohn became Kapellmeister of the Prussian court.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • You are to have five hundred florins, and he expressed regret at not being able to make you Kapellmeister at once.

  • From 1889 to 1894 he was Kapellmeister at the Hoftheater in Weimar.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • He united his own with the royal Kapelle and placed Reichardt as Kapellmeister at their head.

  • Wagner did not wish to be Kapellmeister—on the contrary, wished most vigorously not to be Kapellmeister.

    Richard Wagner John F. Runciman
  • Kapellmeister, director of an orchestra or choir, more particularly of the band of a German prince.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • His half-fledged wings bear him quickly to the Paternostergssel, of which he becomes the Kapellmeister.

British Dictionary definitions for Kapellmeister


noun (pl) -ter
a variant spelling of capellmeister
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Kapellmeister



"conductor," 1838, German, literally "chapel master," from Kapelle "chapel" (also the name given to a band or orchestra) + Meister "master."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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