Piano Street Sheet Music
Welcome Guest!
Please login
or sign-up.

 

sheet music
Looking for piano sheet music?
View all pieces by Dussek >>

Dussek - Piano Music

The Czech composer and pianist Johann Ladislaus Dussek (1760-1812) occupies an interesting place in the history of piano music. His singing style and colourful sonorities is sometimes described as foreshadowing the Romantic period – however, he was completely out of fashion by the time Chopin, Schumann or Mendelssohn entered the scene. Nevertheless he did play a crucial role by encouraging piano makers, among them John Broadwood, to extend the 5-octave compass of the fortepiano and to strive for a more robust tone. His works include more than forty piano sonatas and numerous other keyboard pieces, eighteen piano concertos, nearly ninety accompanied sonatas, other chamber and vocal music, as well as the pedagogical work Instructions on the Art of Playing the Piano Forte or Harpsichord (1796). Dussek received his early training as a choirboy at a Jesuit school, and after giving up his intention of becoming a monk, went to Prague for further music study. During the early 1780s he travelled Europe as a piano virtuoso, composer and pedagogue. He is reported to have appeared at the court of the Czar in St. Petersburg, and to have spent some time studying with C. P. E. Bach in Hamburg. In 1786 Dussek settled in Paris, but had to flee during the Revolution, because of his connections with the aristocracy – his playing had found favour with Marie Antoinette. Arriving in London, he gained popularity as a performer, appearing frequently with the brilliant violinist Salomon, occasionally with Haydn, and also with the singer, pianist and harpist Sophia Corri who was to become his wife. He entered into a publishing venture with his father-in-law but the business failed in 1799; Dussek left his family and fled the country to escape debt. He then entered the service of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia; Dussek´s colleague Louis Spohr reported on the wild and reckless life they led together as they travelled with the prince from one battlefield to another. The death of Louis Ferdinand inspired Dussek’s famous piano sonata Élégie harmonique. In his youth Dussek had been admired for his handsome appearance - he is said to have been the first pianist to play with his profile to the audience, "so that the ladies could admire his handsome profile" (Spohr) - but later in life he became extremely obese, drank too much and spent much of his time in bed. Dussek died of gout; his burial place is not known.


Quote:
Haydn (letter to Dussek’s father):
"I … consider myself fortunate in being able to assure you that you have one of the most upright, moral, and, in music, most eminent of men for a son. I love him just as you do, for he fully deserves it. Give him, then, daily a father’s blessing, and thus will he be ever fortunate, which I heartily wish him to be, for his remarkable talents."

Piano Sheet music by Johann Ladislaus Dussek to Download


Download & Print

View in Mobile Device
For instant access to the printable sheet music of pices by Dussek and thousands of other classical piano pieces, sign up for a Piano Street Gold Membership!

Total pieces by Dussek: 3

TitleKey Published Type Level
Gavotte F Major - Piece 2
Minuet G Major - Piece 3
Sonatina Op. 20 No. 4 A Major - Sonata 4


Posts in the piano forum about Dussek:

xx Re: Jan Ladislav Dussik (Dussek)
May 15, 2002, 09:10:06 AM by dinosaurtales

Ah, the London Pianoforte School - Dussek was one of the composers, considered to be a "Georgian Classicist" rather than a romantic pioneer like Cramer and Field were.  I only have one actual recorded sonata, the e-flat major (The Farewell), performed by Ian Hobson on the Arabesque Label - volume 1 of 3.  it was recorded in the mid-1980's so it may be difficult to obtain.  I have had success getting used recordings through the Amazon.com pre-order function.  Music of the pianoforte school was edited by Nicolas Temperley of the University of Illinois in a 20-volume set through Garland Press, and is no longer in print.  I have had to resort to various library reproductive services to obtain actual music.  



Top Pieces
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Beethoven - Für Elise
Beethoven - Piano Sonata, opus 27 no 2 (Moonlight)
Chopin - Nocturne opus 9 no 2
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A Major (Alla Turca)
Bach - Invention 1 (authograph manuscript)
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C# Minor
Chopin - 12 Etudes opus 10
Mozart - Variations in C Major (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor
Most Popular Composers
Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky
Sheet Music Library:
Albeniz - Beethoven
Beethoven - Brahms
Brahms - Chopin
Clementi - Czerny
Debussy - Grieg
Handel - Liszt
Liszt - Mendelssohn
Mozart - Pachelbel
Prokofiev - Ravel
Satie - Scarlatti
Schubert - Schumann
Scriabin - Stravinsky
Tchaikovsky - Wieck

Privacy Policy | FAQ | Contact