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 (kə-pĕl′mī′stər, kä-)
The leader of a choir or orchestra.

[German : Kapell, choir (from Medieval Latin capella; see chapel) + Meister, master; see Meistersinger.]
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n, pl -ter
(Classical Music) a variant spelling of capellmeister
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(kənˈdʌk tər)

1. a person who conducts; a leader, guide, director, or manager.
2. an employee on a bus, train, or other public conveyance who is in charge of the conveyance and its passengers, collects fares or tickets, etc.
3. a person who directs an orchestra, band, or chorus, esp. by motions of a baton or the hands.
4. a substance, body, or device that readily conducts heat, electricity, sound, etc.
[1525–50; < Latin]
con•duc•to•ri•al (ˌkɒn dʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
con•duc′tor•ship`, n.
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References in classic literature ?
(close to a county town with a memorable history that had its relics in church and castle) was one of those excellent musicians here and there to be found in our provinces, worthy to compare with many a noted Kapellmeister in a country which offers more plentiful conditions of musical celebrity.
In 1566, when he was approximately nine years of age, within the casting of choir boys, he was accepted to the Imperial court in Vienna, where he continued to study music, under the guidance of the Kapellmeisters Philippus de Monte and Jacobus Vaet, and the organist Wilhelm Formellis, who probably taught him how to play the instrument.
Thirteen years later, he assumed a similarly prestigious post, that of Kapellmeister of the Habsburgs, which he would hold for 35 years.
Todestages des sachsischen Kapellmeisters einen ersten Sammelband mit von Schutz' verfassten Schriftstucken vorlegte, konnte bereits 117 Dokumente nachweisen.
Chapters 10 through 12 on Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin ("Schumann; Hummel and Liszt: Two Weimar Kapellmeisters"; and " 'Hats Off, Gentlemen': Hummel and Chopin") examine, among other things, the details of Schumann's early attempts to study with Hummel, Liszt's support of Hummel's works (especially Hummel's D Minor Septet) and later conflict with Hummel's widow, and Chopin's warm friendship and loyalty toward Hummel's music.
Hummel: Der Mensch and Kunstler (Bratislava: Eos-Verlag, 1934) and Joel Sachs's Kapellmeister Hummel in England and France (Detroit: Information Coodinators.
Some years ago, I overheard the manager of a classical record store telling a customer that he thought Eugen Jochum and Karl Bohm were mere "kapellmeisters," routine bandleaders, neither more nor less.
(1815-16; The Devil's Elixir), and Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler, 2 vol.
His name can also be found among the Viennese Kapellmeisters and conductors associated in the Musikerbund.
And the fact that he had failed to obtain the post of Kapellmeister at the Dresden court has been deemed to have resulted in his becoming embittered at the world ...
The most significant Rudolfine Prague figure was the long-time Kapellmeister Philippe de Monte.