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DAMROSCH, Walter Johannes (1862-1950), German-American conductor and composer, known for his long tenure (1928-42) as conductor of the National Broadcasting Co. Symphony Orchestra. Born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocaw, Poland), he was the son of the eminent German-American conductor, violinist, and composer Leopold Damrosch (1832-85) and the brother of the noted choral conductor Frank Heino Damrosch (1859-1937). Trained by his father and by the German conductor Hans von Bulow, he conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (1884-91 and 1900-2), organized and directed the Damrosch Opera Company (1894-1900), and was conductor of the New York Symphony Society (1885-1927) founded by his father. His compositions include five operas.

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