Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Frank Valentin Van Der Stucken
(1858 - 1929)
... was born in Fredericksburg, Texas on October 16, 1858. Anxiety about the Civil War caused the family to return to their native city of Antwerp, Belgium. There young Frank studied music under masters and made his first public debut of his own compositions at age 16.
†††††In 1883 Franz Liszt sponsored a special concert of Van Der Stuckenís works in the famous Ducal Theater of Weimar, Germany. Van Der Stucken returned to America in 1884 as director of the Arion Society Chorus of New York City and an instructor at the National Conservatory. He then became the founder and director of the Cincinnati Symphony and dean of the Cincinnati College of Music.
†††††In 1928 his 70th birthday was celebrated in Fredericksburg, Cincinnati, and New York City. He and his wife, Maria Vollmar, retired in Hamburg, Germany. He died August 16, 1929, and is buried with his family in the Ohlsdorfer Cemetery of Hamburg.
†††††(Erected in celebration of Van Der Stuckenís 140th birthday by the Friends of Van Der Stucken, October 20, 1998. Sculptor: Russ Thayer of Fredericksburg)
Location. 30° 16.6′ N, 98° 52.35′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is located in the gardens of the Marktplatz. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Lasting Friendship (a few steps from this marker); Lasting Friendship (a few steps from this marker); Jacob Brodbeck (within shouting distance of this marker); Gillespie County Country Schools 1846 to 1970's (within shouting distance of this marker); Vereins Kirche (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethany Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square (Marktplatz) (within shouting distance of this marker); Otfrid Hans Freiherr von Meusebach (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . Frank Valentine Van Der Stucken. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 26, 2016.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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