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The New International Encyclopædia/Mollenhauer, Edward

MOLLENHAUER, mŏl'len-hou'ẽr, Edward (1827—). An American violinist and composer, born at Erfurt, Prussia. He studied under Ernst and Spohr, and had become famous in Germany and at Saint Petersburg before he was twenty-five. To escape conscription, he went to England, joined Jullien, and accompanied him to New York City in 1853. He settled there and became a founder in America of the Conservatory method of teaching the violin. Mollenhauer's best-known compositions for the violin are his quartets. He also wrote the operas, The Corsican Bride (1861), Breakers (1881), and The Masked Ball.