Rudolph F Gemunder


Rudolph F Gemunder

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Jul 1916 (aged 51)
Leonia, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 182501978 View Source
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Rudolph F. Gemunder, one of the most famous American makers of violins, died on Saturday evening, July 8th, at his residence, 223 Hillside Avenue, Leonia, N. J., after a lingering illness. He was a member of the firm of August Gemunder & Sons.

He was born in New York City on Feb. 9. 1865, and was a son of the late August Gemunder, the world-renowned violin maker and founder of the firm of August Gemunder & Sons. He entered his father's studios in 1880, and was taught the art by his father, whose eldest son, August Jr., was working with him then. Rudolph F. became a very skillful maker of the king of instruments. In the year 1884, he finished his first violin on the Maggini model, and thereafter, in conjunction with his father and brother, made instruments that created a sensation among violin enthusiasts all over the world.

In 1884-1885, four instruments were made for the New Orleans Exposition, and in 1893, a fine display of their art was made at the Columbia Exposition at Chicago, where the highest honors were awarded to the firm, the jury stating in their diploma that in their instruments the tone of the old Italian master instruments was reproduced.
In 1890 the third son, Oscar A. Gemunder entered the studios, and until 1895 the father and his three sons worked at their inherited art, as the grandfather was also a famous maker in Wurttemburg, Germany, he in his time being violin maker to Prince Hohenlohe.

August Gemunder, Sr., came to America in 1846, and was one of the pioneers in his art in this country.

The funeral services took place at his residence, on July 11th, at which Rev. J. A. Weyl, of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiated. Franz Kaltenborn, the violinist, and Carl Hahn, violoncellist, and Herman Mahlstadt, pianist, played some beautiful selections. Mr. Kaltenborn played the first violin made by the deceased. The remains were cremated on Wednesday, July 12th, and will be interred in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery.

He is survived by a widow, three brothers and a sister. The business will be continued, as in the past, by August M. Gemunder and Oscar A. Gemunder.

Source - Google books "Musical Messenger, Volume 12, Issues 8-12", Fillmore Music House, 1916.

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