Mosenthal, Joseph

1834-1896

 

Conductor and musical writer; born at Hesse-Cassel, Germany, but was identified with the music of New York City during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. He received a thorough musical education, being the pupil of Bott, Kraushaar and Spohr, under whom he led the second violins of the Court Orchestra for four years. Coming to America in 1853 he immediately became identified with musical work in New York, playing for a time in Jullien's Orchestra and in 1860 becoming organist at Calvary Church, where he remained until 1878. He was a member of the famous Mason and Thomas String Quartet, playing second violin, and for forty years he played first violin in the Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides this work he was a prominent teacher in New York. He was the conductor of the New York Mendelssohn Glee Club, and died while conducting a rehearsal of this organization.