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Charles Loeffler

Charles Martin Loeffler was born of German parents in Alsace in 1861, but most of his adult life was spent in the United States. He moved there in 1881 and became an American citizen in 1887. Although he travelled widely, is justly considered to have been cosmopolitan, and drew inspiration for his compositions from many countries and their musical styles, his was an American career and for a time he was one of America's best known composers.  He began violin lessons as a young boy in Berlin, studying with the distinguished violinist Josef Joachim among others. He later pursued his musical studies in Paris, and before he was 20 he was performing with French orchestras.