Johann Schrammel

Biography

Born: May 22, 1850; Neulerchenfeld   Died: June 17, 1893; Vienna, Austria  
Perhaps the most lasting impact that the relatively short-lived Johann Schrammel had upon the musical world was through his participation in the Schrammel Trio, an intimate performance ensemble that he helped found in 1878. Originally comprised of two violinists and a bass guitarist -- played by him, his brother Joseph, and Anton Strohmayer -- the group later became a quartet in 1886 with the inclusion of a clarinetist, who was then replaced by Read more an accordion player. This final group formation became quite popular and has been imitated since. By the time the ensemble was making worldwide appearances, Schrammel was an experienced musician. He had studied with Ernst Melzer when just a boy, proceeded to train under Heissler and Hellmesberger at the Vienna Conservatory, then played in the Harmonie and Josephstadt theater orchestras and in K. Margold's salon orchestra shortly thereafter. Schrammel's only composition that is still recorded on major labels is Wien bleibt Wien (1884); it can be found under the Deutsche Grammophon, Nimbus, and Koch Schwann labels. Read less


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