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BECKER, Hugo  (1863-1941)

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Becker, (Jean Otto Eric) Hugo, famous German cellist, son of Jean Becker; b.Strasbourg, Feb. 13,1863; d. Geiselga- steig, July 30, 1941. He studied 1st with his father, later with Grutzmacher, Kundinger, de Swert, and Piatti; was a cellist in the Frankfurt Opera orch. (188486) and a member of the Heermann quartet (18901906); taught at the Konigliche Hochschule in Berlin (190929). He was not only one of the finest soloists, but also a remarkable ensemble player; was for many years a member of the Marteau-Dohnanyi-Becker trio; also played with Ysaye and Busoni. Among his compositions are a Cello Concerto and smaller cello pieces. He publ. Mechanik und Asthetik des Violoncellspiels (Vienna, 1929).