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” which gave a performance (“mechanically a very correct one”) of Mendelssohn’s Scotch Symphony.

W.W. Cobbett, Musical News vol. 23, May 24, 1902, p. 503.

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4 thoughts on “Found: A Joachim student in 1902 Japan

  1. Oh my gosh!!!!!!! This is such a fabulous discovery! I had no idea a chamber music club was established that early at the Tokyo School of Music! Though I guess it makes sense; the opera club was getting into the swing of things around the same time. By 1902, the country had had about 30 years of importing music, culture, technology, teachers, etc. and incorporating Western music into the education system. So the early 1900s the first generation that grew up under the Meiji emperor and the “modern” era was reaching adulthood. I wonder who the fine viola player was….

  2. So, I am watching this conversation between Sanna and Brooke and I am thinking: this is surely the long-term salvation for the Humanities. Research and response done in real time. But will anyone pay attention and can this example help to transform tenure and promotion guidelines? Imagine how we normally would do this: Sanna spends 5-8 years researching and writing her book. It then takes 2-3 years to get published and another 2-3 years to get reviewed. At some point, 10-15 years after Sanna started her project, Brooke reads the book and wonders, hmm… I wonder if Joachim students made it to Japan. Maybe she writes to Sanna; maybe she doesn’t. Maybe they run into each other at a conference. Either way, the question never occurred to Sanna (why would it?) and the information will never be in her book. Instead, what we have here is a post one week, the question immediately asked, and the answer two weeks later. Scholarship developing with peer response and review and immediately usable. Am I the only one who thinks this is the way of the future, if we can only figure out how to make it “count”?

    1. Another department chair asked me something like this recently. I said if peers comment on the blog, that is peer review (also in real time). Why should it not count? Only if you insist on continuing the cycle of abuse or hazing or whatever you want to call what we are clinging to.

  3. Maybe if someone were to review the blog in a journal some of these fine points could be made in a forum that “counts.”

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