Leopold August Abel

Leopold August Abel was born at Cothen 1717, and died at Ludwigslust, August 25, 1794.

He was the elder brother of Karl Friedrich Abel.

He was a violinist and a pupil of Benda.

He played in the orchestra of the theatre at Brunswick, and was successively conductor of the court band to the Prince of Schwazburg-Sondershausen (1758), the Margrave of Schwedt (1766), and the Duke of Schwerin (1770).

He composed a ‘sinfonia a s voci’ in 1766, and some violin studies, etc., are in the possession of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde at Vienna. He never rose to the reputation of his brother.