Category: Joseph Joachim

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Joachim as Keeper of the Quartet

The Musical Courier wrote in 1908: The issue of the “death” of the string quartet had been raised before. In 1902 the Musical News had fretted: Is the interest in chamber music really declining? Considerable fear has been expressed lately that the public, accustomed to the modern orchestra with its immense masses of sound and ever […]

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Joachim’s role in Robert Hausmann’s life

Joachim was a friend, mentor, teacher, role model, and more. His role in Hausmann’s life was so all-encompassing that is almost seems that Joachim consciously set out to take this youth, a next-generation version of one of his first collaborators, and fast-track his training so that he could serve in various capacities to suit Joachim’s […]

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Georg Hausmann and Joseph Joachim

There is no mention of George Hausmann in Joachim’s biography or published letters, even though Joseph Joachim must have known George well. They met in 1844 in London when they performed Mendelssohn’s D minor trio with the composer at the piano. This was part of Joachim’s sensational debut in London as a 13-year-old prodigy. Another […]

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