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JAN LADISLAV DUSSEK  

(1760 - 1812)

Born and educated in Bohemia, latterly at the University of Prague, Dussek for some years led a peripatetic existence as a pianist that took him to Holland, to Russia, to Lithuania, to various cities in Germany, with possible lessons from C.P.E.Bach in Hamburg and, in 1786, to Paris. With the revolution he took refuge, in 1789, in London, where he married the singer, pianist and harpist Sophia Corri. Here he joined his father-in-law in music publishing and persauded the piano-maker Broadwood to extend the range of the keyboard. In 1799, with the failure of his business, Dussek moved to Hamburg, performed successfully in Bohemia and entered the service of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, whose death he mourned in an elegiac piano sonata. His final years were spent in the service of Talleyrand in Paris, where he died in 1812.

Orchestral Music

Dussek wrote a number of concertos for piano, piano and harp and two pianos. He makes some demands for virtuosity in music that was much admired in his own time.

Chamber Music

Chamber music by Dussek includes a number of sonatas for violin and piano and some for piano trio. The harp features quite extensively in original compositions and transcriptions, there are string quartets, piano quintets and a Serenade for nonet. A topical novelty is The Naval Battle and Total Defeat of the Dutch Fleet by Admiral Duncan, scored for piano, violin, cello and percussion.

Piano Music

As a pianist, Dussek wrote a number of works for piano. These include The Sufferings of the Queen of France (The Farewell), written in 1793, and Elégie harmonique sur la mort du Prince Lous Ferdinand de Prusse (Harmonic Elegy on the Death of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia), in addition to a series of less programmatic sonatas, many in an incipient romantic idiom that has some passing resemblance at times to the musical idiom of other composers.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto, WoO 4 / Piano Concerto in D Major / DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Concerto in B-Flat Major (Galling, Kyriakou) Turnabout
3037100462
Concerto
CAPRICCIO 20 PRIZE-WINNING YEARS Capriccio
C14869
Concerto
CONCERTO KOLN (20 YEARS) - Portrait of an Orchestra Capriccio
C71052
Concerto
DUSSEK / WAGENSEIL / KRUMPHOLTZ: Harp Concertos Naxos
8.553622
Concerto, Instrumental
DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Concertos - Opp. 49 and 22 / The Sufferings of the Queen of France (Staier, Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C10444
Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto
DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Concertos, Opp. 22 and 49 / The Sufferings of the Queen of France (Staier, Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C5072
Concerto, Instrumental, Concerto
DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Marvin) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80110
Instrumental
DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Marvin) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80125
Instrumental
DUSSEK, J.L.: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Marvin) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80138
Instrumental
Harp Recital: Plachá, Barbora - KRUMPHOLTZ, J.-B. / DUSSEK, J.L. (Works for Harp) ArcoDiva
UP0216
Instrumental
Piano Music - CHOPIN, F. / DEBUSSY, C. / DUSSEK, J.L. (1st Chopin Festival Hamburg 2018) (Brauß, Koch, Lubimov, Pobłocka, Poizat, Rutkowski) Naxos
8.574058
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Firkušný, Rudolf - DVOŘÁK, A. / SMETANA, B. / DUSSEK, J.L. / BENDA, G. / TOMÁŠEK, V.J.K. / VOŘÍŠEK, J.H. Vox Box
CDX-5058
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / DUSSEK, F.X. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / VANHAL, J.B. / SMETANA, B. / DUSSKE, J.L. (Czech Miniature Masterpieces) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90121
Instrumental




 
 
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