Woldemar Bargiel

Last updated
Woldemar Bargiel. Woldemar Bargiel als Berliner Professor im Jahr 1885.jpg
Woldemar Bargiel.

Woldemar Bargiel (3 October 1828 23 February 1897) was a German composer.

Contents

Life

Bargiel was born in Berlin, and was the half brother of Clara Schumann. Bargiel’s father Adolph was a well-known piano and voice teacher while his mother Marianne had previously been unhappily married to Clara’s father, Friedrich Wieck. Clara was nine years older than Woldemar. Throughout their lives, they enjoyed a warm relationship. The initial opportunities which led to the success and recognition he enjoyed were due to Clara, who introduced him to both Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. Bargiel received his first lessons at home and later with the well-known Berlin teacher of music theory Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn. Upon the suggestion of Schumann and the recommendation of Mendelssohn, Bargiel at age 16 went to study at the famous Leipzig Conservatory with some of the leading men of music: Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Niels Gade (composition), and also with Julius Rietz. [1]

After leaving Leipzig in 1850, he returned to Berlin where he tried to make ends meet by giving private lessons. Eventually, Clara and Robert were able to arrange for the publication of some of his early works, including his First Piano Trio.

Subsequently, Bargiel held positions at the conservatories in Cologne and Rotterdam (where he met Hermine Tours, his future wife, sister of the composer Berthold Tours) before accepting a position at the prestigious Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin where he taught for the rest of his life. Among his many students were Paul Juon, Waldemar von Baußnern, Alexander Ilyinsky and Leopold Godowsky. Besides teaching and composing, Bargiel served with Brahms as co-editor of the complete editions of Schumann's and Chopin's works. While Bargiel did not write a lot of music, most of what he composed was well thought out and shows solid musical craftsmanship. His chamber music—he wrote four string quartets, a string octet and three piano trios—represents an important part of his output.

Selected list of compositions

Notes

  1. Stowell, Robin (2003). The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet at Google Books. Cambridge University Press. page 346. ISBN   0-521-00042-4.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Càceres, Dean. "Bargiel Worklist" (PDF). Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Available in score at IMSLP
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 In the Deutsches Musik-Archiv in Berlin, according to their catalog.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Austrian National Library Musiksammlung digital catalog
  6. First Quartet according to the German Wikipedia and according to Hyperion Records, though third according to some other sources. Second and Third quartets, according to German Wikipedia entry for Bargiel, unprinted/ungedruckt, as of 2008/9.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Information from Bavarian Online Library Catalog.
  8. Upton, p. 311 gives 1861 as date - for composition? - of this symphony.
  9. A review of the symphony's published four-hand reduction, with music examples, can be found in the 1866 Allegemeine musikalische Zeitung. Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung at Google Books, ser. 3 v. 1 1866, p. 103.
  10. Seen in the Dutch Royal Library http://opc4.kb.nl

References and sources

Related Research Articles

Joachim Raff Swiss composer

Joseph Joachim Raff was a German-Swiss composer, pedagogue and pianist.

Piano Quintet (Schumann) musical composition by Robert Schumann (1842)

The Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44, by Robert Schumann was composed in 1842 and received its first public performance the following year. Noted for its "extroverted, exuberant" character, Schumann's piano quintet is considered one of his finest compositions and a major work of nineteenth-century chamber music. Composed for piano and string quartet, the work revolutionized the instrumentation and musical character of the piano quintet and established it as a quintessentially Romantic genre.

The Symphony in C major by German composer Robert Schumann was published in 1847 as his Symphony No. 2, Op. 61, although it was the third symphony he had completed, counting the B-flat major symphony published as No. 1 in 1841, and the original version of his D minor symphony of 1841.

The two Serenades, Op. 11 and 16, represent early efforts by Johannes Brahms to write orchestral music. They both date from after the 1856 death of Robert Schumann when Brahms was residing in Detmold and had access to an orchestra.

Louis Théodore Gouvy French composer

Louis Théodore Gouvy was a French/German composer.

Ludvig Norman was a Swedish composer, conductor, pianist, and music teacher. Together with Franz Berwald and Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, he ranks among the most important Swedish symphonists of the 19th century.

William Brocklesby Wordsworth was an English composer.

Waldemar Edler von Baußnern was a German composer and music teacher.

Alexis de Castillon French composer

Marie-Alexis de Castillon de Saint-Victor was a French composer.

Otomar Kvěch was a Czech music composer and teacher.

String Trios, Op. 9 (Beethoven) three string trios by Ludwig van Beethoven

The three String Trios, Op. 9 were composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1797–98. He published them in Vienna in 1799, with a dedication to his patron Count Johann Georg von Browne (1767–1827). They were first performed by the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh with two colleagues from his string quartet. According to the violinist and conductor Angus Watson, these were probably Franz Weiss on viola and either Nikolaus Kraft or his father Anton on cello. Each of the trios consists of four movements:

<i>Hooked on Classics</i> 1981 studio album by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hooked on Classics is an album by Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, published in 1981 by K-tel and distributed by RCA Records, part of the Hooked on Classics series.