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Salomon Jadassohn (Composer, Arranger)

Born: September 3, 1831 - Breslau, Lower Silesia, Germany
Died: February 1, 1902 - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The German composer and pedagogue, Salomon Jadassohn, passed his years of study partly at home under Hesse, Lüstner and Brosig, partly at the Leipzig Conservatorium (1848), partly at Weimar under Franz Liszt, and again, in 1853, at Leipzig under Moritz Hauptmann.

From that time Salomon Jadassohn resided in Leipzig, first as a teacher then as the conductor of the Euterpe concerts, and lastly in the Conservatorium as teacher of harmony, counterpoint, composition and the pianoforte. In 1887 he received the honorary degree of D.Ph. from the Leipzig University, and in 1893 was appointed Royal Professor.

Salomon Jadassohn's compositions are varied and numerous, reaching to well over 100 opus numbers. His skill in counterpoint is shown in an orchestral serenade in canon, Op. 35; in two serenades for piano, Opp. 8 and 125; in the ballet-music, Op. 58 for piano duet; and in the vocal duets, Opp. 9, 36, 38 and 43. Four symphonies, orchestral overtures, and serenades, two piano concertos, four trios, three quartets, three quintets, a sextet for piano and strings, two string quartets, are among his instrumental works; and of his choral works the following may be mentioned: Psalms xliii, and c. (8-parts), Vergebung, Verheissung, Trostlied, Johannistag and An dem Sturmwind. As a private teacher Jadassohn was highly esteemed, and his many theoretical works have passed through many editions, and have been translated into English, French and Italian. The chief of these are his Harmonielehre (1883), Kontrapunkt (1884), Kanon und Fuge (1884), Die Formen in den Werken der Tonkunst (I889), and Lehrbuch der Instrumentation..

Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition; Author: Sir George Gove; additions: Riemann)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

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Salomon Jadassohn (Wikipedia) [English]
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Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music (Oxford University Press, 1963)
The New Grove Dictionary of Music (MacMillan, 1980)

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