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Jakob Dont was a son of the Bohemian cellist at the Hofopertheater, Valentin Dont. Jakob was a student of Joseph Böhm (1795–1876) and Georg Hellmesberger senior (1800–1873) at the Conservatory of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna . At the age of sixteen he became a member of the Hofburgtheater orchestra and in 1834 joined the Vienna court orchestra. During this time he was often heard as a soloist. Despite his success, he decided against grueling solo work. In 1853 he became a professor at the Pedagogical Institute in Vienna . From 1871 Dont worked at the Vienna Conservatory. He left this position because he was forbidden to use his own teaching material.
His compositional work mainly extended to innovative educational works. His 24 Etudes and Caprices Gradus ad parnassum Op. 35 and the 24 preliminary exercises for the etudes by Rodolphe Kreutzer and Pierre Rode op. 37 are still considered to be an important exercise for violinists.
In 1938 the Dontgasse in Vienna- Hietzing was named in his honor.
- Constantin von Wurzbach : Dont, Jacob . In: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich . 14th part. Imperial and Royal Court and State Printing Office, Vienna 1865, p. 429 f. ( Digitized version ).
- Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Volume 1, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 1957, p. 195. In:
- Works by and about Jakob Dont in the catalog of the German National Library
- Scores and audio files by Jakob Dont in the International Music Score Library Project
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Austrian violin teacher|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 2, 1815|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Vienna|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 17, 1888|
|Place of death||Vienna|