Joachim’s student Geraldine Morgan

Young women violinists from the United States made headlines such as this in the late nineteenth century. The most frequently profiled were Dora Valeska Becker (1870-1958), Maud Powell (1867-1920), Leonora Jackson (1879-1969), and Geraldine Morgan (1867-1918). While publicizing their very real achievements, these news items also emphasized their conventionally feminine charms. In the “American Girls” article, Geraldine Morgan is introduced this way: “She is an attractive-looking girl, and I must say that the accompanying photograph…

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Concerts in 1907-08 commemorating Joachim

After his death in August, there were an impressive number of concerts in the fall of 1907 dedicated to the memory of Joseph Joachim, and they all reinforced the same idea: Joachim belonged in the company of the three B’s. Three concerts featuring Joachim’s compositions at the Hochschule during the 1907-08 year emphasized Joachim’s connection to Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. 30 November 1907: Joachim, Hamlet Overture, Joachim, Hungarian Concerto (Halir), and Brahms, 3rd Symphony.29 February…

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Celebrations of Joachim’s achievements

Berlin’s University of the Arts is currently observing the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Königlichen Hochschule für Musik with the “crescendo 2019” festival from 10-25 May. “Thank you Joseph Joachim!” is on the cover of the program guide.  The number of times Joachim was publicly thanked for his artistry and general beneficial influence on music making seems countless.  The grandest celebrations were of Joachim’s 50th (1889 and 1894), and then 60th (1899 and…

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Monuments to Musicians other than Wagner

Joseph Joachim participated in a staggeringly long list of fund raisers, festivals and memorials over the course of his life. This includes the Haydn-Mozart-Beethoven Denkmal in the Tiergarten that was installed in 1904, a year after the Wagner statue. Joachim had started raising money almost ten years earlier, and when the concert celebrating Joachim’s 60th anniversary as a performer in 1899 made a profit of 5000 M, Joachim donated 3000 M of it to the…

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Found: A Joachim student in 1902 Japan

This item from the Musical News of 1902 reports on the Beethoven Society of Tokyo, a chamber music club founded by an English amateur, who has engaged as its leader “Herr Junker, a pupil of Joachim,” who was a teacher at the “Tokio Conservatoire,” where “he has turned out some excellent Japanese pupils as far as technique is concerned, one girl especially having become a very fine viola player.” It also mentions “a Japanese orchestra”…

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Joachim’s importance for orchestras

Joachim’s students as orchestral players Joachim was a critical force in the first decades of the Berlin Philharmonic. He contributed important administrative and organizational assistance and served as one of the <a href=”https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/geschichte/anfang/#event-joseph-joachim-dirigiert”>main conductors</a> of the orchestra from 1882-1887. Perhaps just as importantly, his fame attracted string players to Berlin at a time when there was little other incentive. Violinists who studied at the Hochschule with him went on to play in orchestras all over,…

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Joachim’s chamber music empire in 1907

In the final year of the Joachim Quartet’s concerts, they were as popular as ever. However, they had plenty of local competition, mostly from members of their own Quartet. These were the new Klingler Quartet, the Halir Quartet, which had been playing since 1893, the relatively new Schumann-Halir-Dechert Trio, and the Barth-Wirth-Hausmann Trio, which had been around almost thirty years. Each of these ensembles had their own subscription series, as did the Dessau Quartet, the Wietrowetz…

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