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(1872 - 1940)

Paul Juon was born in Moscow; his father was the son of a Swiss émigré, and Paul was educated in a German school in Moscow before entering the Imperial Conservatory there to study violin and composition. He studied composition with Anton Arensky and Sergey Taneyev, both of whose styles had been strongly influenced by Tchaikovsky. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Woldemar Bargiel—Clara Schumann’s half-brother—providing Juon with a direct link to the German Romantic style of Mendelssohn and Schumann. After returning to Russia for a brief stint teaching violin and music theory in Baku, Juon settled in Berlin in 1897, teaching composition at the Hochschule für Musik beginning in 1906. He was named professor of composition there in 1911. In 1934, ill health led him to retire to Vevey in Switzerland.

While the influences of Tchaikovsky and Taneyev come through in his music, Juon’s compositional voice is largely Germanic—he has even been called the ‘Russian Brahms’. Much of his later music is full of the sound of Scandinavia, perhaps a consequence of his experience arranging Sibelius’s works for his German publisher. Along with other Russian-born composers of his generation, including Taneyev’s students Nikolai Medtner and Sergey Rachmaninov, Juon’s style remained firmly rooted in tonality and Romantic musical gestures.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Cello and Piano Recital: Chien, Pi-Chin / Oetiker, Adrian: JUON, P. / SCHOECK, O. / MÜLLER, F. Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Piano Trio) - JUON, P. / MARTIN, F. / SCHNYDER, D. (Swiss Piano Trio) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
DORIAN RECORDINGS, 1989-2000 (COMPLETE) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Episodes concertantes / Mysterien (Pi-Chin Chien, European Fine Arts Trio, Cracow Philharmonic, Bugaj) Musiques Suisses
Orchestral, Concerto
JUON, P.: Piano Music (Kramreiter) Musiques Suisses
JUON, P.: Piano Quartet No. 1, "Rhapsody" / TANEYEV, S.I.: Piano Quartet, Op. 20 (The Russian Piano Quartet) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Piano Quartets Nos. 1, "Rhapsody" and 2 (Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Piano Quintet, Op. 33 / Kammersinfonie (Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra members) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Silhouettes, Opp. 9 and 43 / 77 Little Tone Poems, Op. 81 (Hartmann, Sosnowski, Nuss) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: String Quartets (Complete) (Niziol Quartet) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Wetherbee, Korevaar) Naxos
Chamber Music
JUON, P.: Wind Quintet / Arabesken / Divertimento (Cosmoquintet, Kramreiter) Musiques Suisses
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Martin, Spencer - JUON, P. / WALKER, E. / DALE, B. / FUCHS, R. (Gems Rediscovered) Delos
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Nelson, Eliesha - GAIGEROVA, V.A. / WINKLER, A.A. / JUON, P. (Russian Viola Sonatas) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Szántó, Csongor - STOLZ, R. / ZIEHRER, C.M. / KRAUS, K. / JUON, P. / LEHÁR, F. / BENATZKY, R. (Die letzten Tage der Menschheit) Gramola Records

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