Gebrüder Müller in 1832
|Origin||Duchy of Brunswick|
|Past members||Carl Friedrich Müller (first violin)
Franz Ferdinand Georg Müller (second violin)
Theodor Heinrich Müller (viola)
August Theodor Müller (cello)
The brothers were the sons as well as pupils of the principal musician to the Duke of Brunswick, and were all of them born in the city of Brunswick. Carl Friedrich Müller (1797–1873) was first violin in the quartet and was also concertmaster to the Duke. Theodor Heinrich Müller (1799–1855) was the viola player. August Theodor Müller (1802–75) played the cello, and Franz Ferdinand Georg Müller (1808–55) was the second violin. They were especially educated by their father for quartet work, and were conceded to have brought the art of string quartet playing to a degree of perfection previously unknown.
The Müller brothers were ambitious for greater fame than could be obtained within their own limited environment, but their employer, the Duke of Brunswick, had stipulated that none of his musicians should participate in any musical performance outside that connected with his own corps. So in 1830 they resigned their employment. Their first appearance outside Brunswick was in Hamburg, where they met with such success that they were invited to Berlin, where they were received with great enthusiasm. An extended tour throughout Germany followed, and in 1837 they performed in Paris. Other tours made them known throughout the world.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "Müller". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.