German violinist, and writer of popular dance-music; met the fancy of the public also with his songs. His playing was expressive and well liked, but he made more of a name as composer. He was born at Dresden, appeared as a violinist when very young, at the age of sixteen w as member of the Court band in his native city, later went to Hanover to play in the Court band there, resigning this post in 1841. He had begun writing some years before, became a very prolific composer, was author of nearly three hundred dance tunes beside a number of songs, and variations for violin and orchestra. His dance-music appealed to all grades of society, attained great popularity abroad as well as at home.