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Gaspard Fritz (18 February 1716 in Geneva – 23 March 1783), was a Genevan violonist and composer of the preclassical period. He composed symphonies and chamber music.
Gaspard's father had moved to Geneva in 1709 where he "taught to play the violin and other musical instruments". In addition to the training undoubtedly followed with his father, the child continued his studies with Giovanni Battista Somis in Turin.
At the age of twenty, he returned to Geneva and married in April 1737. He only undertook a Parisian tour which turned out to be a failure (1756). In 1759, he played for Voltaire.
Fritz's fame outside Geneva is confirmed by correspondence or by the writings of Charles Burney (États de la musique en France et en Italie, London 1773) following his trip to Switzerland in 1770. It is known that Haendel met the composer and that Locatelli loved the works of the Genevan.
Fritz, within a Calvinist society which did not promote the concert or secular opera, found in the common rooms, "The Common Room of Geneva", societies which brought together the community of English origin in Geneva by special authorisation as early as 1738, a space for private expression where instrumental and lyrical music was produced and appreciated.
There is little music to be heard here : The theatre is not allowed here, nor are organs in churches, except for two which are only used for psalmody in the pure style of John Calvin; however Mr. Fritz, a good composer and excellent violin player is still alive; he has lived here for nearly thirty years and is well known to all English music lovers who have visited Geneva during this period..
Around 1737 until his death at the age of 67 in Geneva, he worked as a violinist and taught the instrument and music.
Between 1742 and 1772, Fritz's success is confirmed by the publication of six opuses in Paris and London, reprints as well as counterfeit editions.