from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The leader of a choir or orchestra.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See capellmeister.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The leader or conductor of a kapelle, or of any large musical establishment, involving, at least in central Europe, extensive duties of composition, training, accompaniment, and conducting.
- n. The conductor of any band or orchestra. Sometimes translated chapel-master.
After all, the conductor landed here in 1886 as a 26-year-old second Kapellmeister at the opera.
Choir-school brat made good, he became choirmaster of the Peterskirche in Munich, but musical old-fogyness on the part of his superiors led him to the Munich court; later Kapellmeister for the Württemburg court in Stuttgart.
After training posts in Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Zurich, he spent seven years 1966-73 as first Kapellmeister in Stuttgart.
The provincial Saxon Kapellmeister put everything he knew of musical brilliance into their design, borrowing from and enhancing his earlier compositions to impress the Prussian royalty at its Berlin capital.
Towards the end of his career he was made a privy councillor and given permission to continue using the title ‘Kapellmeister’ after leaving the court.
He held an office at Archduke Ferdinand's court before he succeeded Heinrich Finck as court Kapellmeister in the second half of 1527; his vice-Kapellmeisters were Stephan Mahu and Pieter Maessens.
In the Innsbruck court chapel he also gave the choristers music lessons, becoming deputy Kapellmeister probably not later than 1572.
He held this post until his death, rejecting an offer in 1580 to succeed Scandello as Kapellmeister of the Dresden court chapel.
Soon, however, Archduke Ferdinand persuaded Regnart to succeed Alexander Utendal as his vice-Kapellmeister, and he arrived at Innsbruck on 9 April 1582.
By November of that year he had moved to Prague, where he again entered imperial service as vice-Kapellmeister, under Monte.