Kapellmeister

[kah-pel-mahy-ster, kuh-]

Origin of Kapellmeister

From German, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at chapel, master
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Examples from the Web for kapellmeister

Historical Examples of kapellmeister

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

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • “Oh, yes, he was our guest once; he is the Kapellmeister,” she said.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Handel, who bore the title of Kapellmeister of Hanover, returned to his post in June, 1711.

    Handel

    Romain Rolland

  • In 1841 Mendelssohn became Kapellmeister of the Prussian court.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris

  • In 1881 Goldschmidt got him the post of second Kapellmeister at the Salzburg theatre.

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland


British Dictionary definitions for kapellmeister

kapellmeister

noun plural -ter
  1. a variant spelling of capellmeister
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Word Origin and History for kapellmeister
n.

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

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