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In he enrolled in the University of Prague, where he lasted one semester. Petersburg , where he was a favorite of Catherine the Great. While there he was introduced to a technician named Hessel, who had developed a keyboard version of the glass harmonica , an instrument Dussek went on to master. Catherine recognized the ring as belonging to a known conspirator, raising her suspicions about Dussek.
After Dussek left St. One review of a Berlin concert said, "He obtained great distinction as a pianist, and was little less admired for his playing on the [glass] harmonica During his time in Paris he may have met and played with a violinist by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Early biographers have generally claimed that he left because of the impending revolution. By he was well established as a performer and teacher. He was in such demand that Davison, in an biographic sketch, noted that "he became one of the most fashionable professors of the day, and his lessons were both sought with avidity and remunerated at a rate of payment which knew no precedent except in the instance of John Cramer. I love him as you do, as he has earned it. Give him your blessing, so that he will be always happy, something that I wish for him, given his great talents.
In a concert on 15 June that year, the pair played a piano duet together; they were married in September They had a daughter, Olivia , but the marriage was not happy, involving liaisons by both parties. Every year, he performed in a series of concerts, at least some of which also featured Sophia, and which frequently featured new works.
Some works were so successful they were repeated at later concerts in the series. We think it very deserving of encomium. In an account of uncertain veracity, it was reported that Sophia, who had fallen in love with another man, asked Dussek for money to repair her harp. She then used the money to leave the house, removing her belongings in her harp case, and claiming to have left for dinner with a female friend.
She and Dussek argued, and she cursed him, claiming to be pregnant by the other man. Dussek, relenting, promised her freedom to do what she wanted; this led to a reconciliation of sorts.
It seems unlikely that Dussek ever saw Sophia and his daughter Olivia after he left London in ; Sophia had to wait until she knew Dussek had died before she could remarry, which she did in He decided to try his hand at opera in ; the result was The Captive of Spilberg, with a libretto by Prince Hoare. Dussek, was such as to intitle him to rank with the first composers of the time.
Dussek, in the music which is entirely new, has displayed a complete knowledge of the principles of the art. The melody throughout is natural and the choruses are, without exception, as perfect specimens as we can find in the works of the theatrical composers of the present day.
The overture Review of The Captive of Spilberg in The Times  Business failure[ edit ] In , the business venture with Corri, which had never been very successful, ran into financial difficulties. Dussek and Corri managed to convince the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte to lend them money to cover their debts. The failure to repay this debt put Corri into Newgate Prison and caused Dussek to flee.
Da Ponte believed that Dussek fled to Paris; in fact he returned to Hamburg. The affair ended up bankrupting both Corri and Da Ponte. Together, they sometimes enjoyed what were called "musical orgies. Later years[ edit ] In , despite his earlier affiliation with Marie Antoinette, Dussek returned to Paris in the employ of Talleyrand , the powerful French foreign minister. He wrote a powerful sonata Sonata in A flat major, Op.
This imposing sonata also received the nickname Plus Ultra in heated response to a piano sonata by Joseph Woelfl , said to be the last word in pianistic difficulties, entitled Non Plus Ultra. The remainder of his life he spent performing, teaching and composing in Prussia and France. His personal beauty had faded and he became grossly fat. He also developed a fondness for strong drink which probably hastened his death.
Dussek died of gout on 20 March , in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. His more notable works include several large-scale solo piano pieces, piano sonatas , many piano concertos , sonatas for violin and piano, a musical drama, and various works of chamber music , including a Trio for piano, horn and violin, and the highly unusual sonata for piano, violin, cello and percussion entitled The Naval Battle and Total Defeat of the Dutch by Admiral Duncan , C , which is an extremely rare example of preth-century chamber music that includes percussion.
Solo piano works[ edit ].
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Sonatina in G major Op. Allegro non tanto — J. Dussek Pedagogy Jan Ladislav Dussek is likely not the first person to come to mind when considering repertoire for the intermediate pianist. However, he has a large output of pieces in the late classical style that can be used for students. The first movement of the Sonatina in G major is more difficult than it first appears.
Dussek - Music for Harp
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