Salomon Jadassohn

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HarmonielehreSerenade, Op.108Potpourri en forme de fantaisie sur 'Faust'Romance for Flute and Piano, Op.11918 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.56Lehrbuch der InstrumentationPotpourri en forme de fantaisie sur 'Orphée aux enfers'Capriccio, Op.137Serenade No.2 for Piano in 12 Canons, Op.125Notturno, Op.133Serenade No.3, Op.47Albumblätter, Op.63Chaconne, Op.82Cavatina in E major, Op.69Symphony No.3, Op.50Piano Trio No.2, Op.20Piano Trio No.4, Op.85Piano Trio No.1, Op.166 Piano Pieces, Op.49Arabesken, Op.536 Stammbuchblätter, Op.71Improvisationen, Op.484 Charakterstücke, Op.1323 Kleine Walzer, Op.135Piano Quintet No.2, Op.766 Kinderstücke, Op.115Bal masqué, Op.26Improvisationen, Op.75Phantasiestücke, Op.31Piano Trio No.3, Op.59String Quartet3 Morceaux caractéristiques, Op.12Suite, Op.124Variationen über ein eigenes Thema, Op.40Symphony No.1, Op.24Serenade in 4 Canons, Op.42Gott ist gross und allmächtig, Op.45Piano Quintet No.3, Op.126Fantasy on 'Der Fliegende Holländer'Piano Quartet No.1, Op.77Mazurka Brillante, Op.19Piano Quintet No.1, Op.70Scherzo, Op.57Potpourri en forme de fantaisie sur 'Fra Diavolo'Maskenball, Op.121Serenade, Op.35Piano Quartet No.3, Op.109Potpourri en forme de fantaisie sur 'Le prophète'8 Mazurkas, Op.136Piano Quartet No.2, Op.86Serenade No.4, Op.73Potpourri in Form einer Fantasie3 Morceaux de salon, Op.254 Fantasiestücke, Op.131Symphony No.2, Op.284 Moments musicaux, Op.138Overture, Op.27Romance, Barcarolle und Impromptu, Op.153 Stücke, Op.985 Klavierstücke, Op.1146 Charakterstücke, Op.93Studien, Op.23Concert-Ouverture No.2, Op.372 Klavierstücke, Op.102Albumblatt in E-flat majorAlbumblatt, Op.7Fandango und Menuett, Op.1164 Klavierstücke, Op.94Wanderbilder, Op.1224 Salonstücke, Op.3Albumblatt, Op.39Improvisationen, Op.1114 Klavierstücke, Op.118Fantasy on 'Lohengrin'Allegro appassionato, Op.4Knabenspiele, Op.33Improvisationen, Op.92Valse-Caprice, Op.62Capriccio giocoso, Op.8Violin Sonata in G minor, Op.52 Charakterstücke, Op.79Menuett, Op.662 Geistliche Gesänge, Op.2Balletmusik in 7 Canons, Op.58Piano Concerto No.1, Op.89Piano Concerto No.2, Op.90Piano Sextet, Op.100Potpourris en Forme de Fantaisies
Salomon Jadassohn (13 August 1831 – 1 February 1902) was a German pianist, composer and a renowned teacher of piano and composition at the Leipzig Conservatory.
Jadassohn was born to a Jewish family living in Breslau, the capital of the Prussian province of Silesia. This was a generation after the emancipation of the Jews in Central European German-speaking lands and during a time of relative tolerance. First educated locally, Jadassohn enrolled at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1848, just a few years after it had been founded by Felix Mendelssohn. There he studied composition with Moritz Hauptmann, Ernst Richter and Julius Rietz, as well as piano with Ignaz Moscheles. At the same time, he studied privately with Franz Liszt in Weimar. On 13 April 1851 in Weimar he was the soloist at the first performance, under Liszt's baton, of Liszt's arrangement for piano and orchestra of Carl Maria von Weber's Polonaise (Polacca) brillante "L'hilarité" in E major, Op. 72.
Because he was Jewish, Jadassohn could not qualify for the many church jobs as music directors or organists which were usually available to Christian graduates of a conservatory such as Leipzig, as they required deep knowledge of Christian liturgy and practice. Instead he worked for a Leipzig synagogue and a few local choral societies as well as teaching privately. Eventually, he was able to qualify for a position at the Leipzig Conservatory, teaching piano and composition.
Over the years, he became a renowned teacher, and Ferruccio Busoni, Frederick Delius, Paul Homeyer, Richard Franck, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Ruben Liljefors, Elisabeth Wintzer, Emil Reznicek and Felix Weingartner, Bernard Zweers and Cornelis Dopper were among his many students. Americans also studied with him, including the song composer Jean Paul Kürsteiner and George Strong, a composer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He died in Leipzig, aged 70.
His daughter Bertha was married to operetta composer Leo Fall.
Jadassohn composed more than 140 works in virtually every genre, including four symphonies, four Serenades for Orchestra and one for Flute and String Orchestra, two piano concertos, lieder, sonatas, opera and a considerable amount of chamber music, including a string quartet, four piano trios, three piano quartets, three piano quintets and a serenade for flute and string quintet. These chamber works rank among his finest compositions. Considered a master of counterpoint and harmony, he was also a gifted melodist, following in the tradition of Mendelssohn. His works also show the influence of Wagner and Liszt, whose music deeply impressed him. In addition, he wrote several important books on composition and music theory.
The general consensus is that Jadassohn and his music were not better known for two reasons: the first is the pre-eminence of his contemporary Carl Reinecke. Reinecke was a world-famous piano virtuoso and composer, but also an important professor at the Leipzig Conservatory, where Jadassohn taught. Reinecke later served as its director and, at the same time, held the post of conductor of the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The second reason was the influence of the rising tide of antisemitism in late 19th century Wilhelmine Germany. In the wake of Wagner, many music critics attacked Jadassohn's works, labeling it academic and dry, epithets which have stuck with it since.
Since his death, his music has been seldom performed, but in the 21st century, a reevaluation of it has begun with new performances and recordings. Cameo Classics commenced a programme of recording his neglected orchestral works. His Symphony No.1 was recorded with the Belarusian SSO with Marius Stravinsky conducting. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 89 in C minor was performed to acclaim at a public premiere (since his death) by soloist Valentina Seferinova and the Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Denis Vlasenko in Petrozavodsk, Russia on 20 December 2008. A CD including these works was issued by Cameo Classics in January 2009. Jadassohn composed four Serenades for Orchestra and the first three received their premiere recordings from Cameo Classics in 2011, along with his Serenade for Flute and Strings (Soloist Rebecca Hall) with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hyperion Records released a recording of Jadassohn's two piano concertos.
The record label cpo has released recordings of the four symphonies and both cavatinas by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt conducted by Howard Griffiths.