Louis-Édouard Glackemeyer

Louis-Édouard Glackemeyer. Notary, flutist, b Quebec City 7 Dec 1793, d there 10 Feb 1881. Because of a general prejudice against teaching music to men, he was self-taught. He studied the flute without his father, Frederick's, knowledge while working towards a career as a notary.

Glackemeyer, Louis-Édouard

Louis-Édouard Glackemeyer. Notary, flutist, b Quebec City 7 Dec 1793, d there 10 Feb 1881. Because of a general prejudice against teaching music to men, he was self-taught. He studied the flute without his father, Frederick's, knowledge while working towards a career as a notary. But the latter, hearing him on one occasion play a duo for flute and violin, discovered his son's talent and presented him with a silver flute which he had brought over from Europe.

Édouard's skilful playing in a Pleyel quartet led to the formation of a group comprising Judge Jonathan Sewell (first violin), Archibald Campbell (second violin), J. Harvicker (cello), and himself. The quartet met every Saturday during the fall and winter and gave subscription concerts.

In addition to a brilliant professional career (he was several times president of the Quebec Chamber of Notaries and was a city councillor), Glackemeyer played the flute in the 1847 concerts of the Quebec Harmonic Society and in 1870 became the society's honorary president. He was senior officer and honorary president of the Septuor Haydn, to which he gave his music library, including several scores that had belonged to his father.


Further Reading

  • LeVasseur, Nazaire. 'Musique et musiciens à Québec,' La Musique, Jun, Jul 1919