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Eugen d'Albert (Eugène Francis Charles) (Glasgow10 april 1864 — Riga3 March 1932) was a Scotland born pianist and composer. His parents wereEnglish and French, but he was adopted by a German family.

D'Albert made his debut as a pianist in 1881, the same year in which he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship . As a pianist he first played the Burleske byRichard Strauss.

As a composer, he has written for his own instrument concerts , symphonies and Chamber music, but above all he is known as an opera composer. His most successful operas are Those Abreise (1898), Tiefland (1903) and Die toten Augen (1916).

In 1907, he succeeded Joseph Joachim as Director of the Berliner Hochschule für Musik.

List of compositions[Edit]Edit

Theatre Works
  • Der Rubin (Musikalisches Märchen), 1893;
  • Ghismonda (opera), 1895;
  • Gernot, 1897;
  • That Abreise, 1898;
  • Kain, 1900;
  • Der Improvisator, 1902;
  • Tiefland (Musikdrama), 1903;
  • Flauto solo (Music comedy), 1905;
  • Tragaldabas (Komische Oper), 1907;
  • Izeÿl (Musikdrama), 1908;
  • That Frau verschenkte (Komische Oper), 1912;
  • Liebes ketten, 1912;
  • Die toten Augen, (Drama/opera), 1916;
  • Der Stier von Olivera, 1918;
  • Revolutions-hochzeit, 1919;
  • Scirocco, 1921;
  • Mareike von Nymwegen (Legendenspiel), 1923;
  • Der Golem (Musik-drama), 1926;
  • That schwarze Orchidee (opera burlesca), 1928;
  • Mister Wu, 1932
Orchestral Works
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 1, op. 2, 1884;
  • Symphony op. 4, 1886;
  • Esther Overture op. 8, 1888;
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 2, op. 12, 1893;
  • Seejungfräulein op. 15, scena for solo voice and Orchestra, 1897;
  • Cello Concerto, op. 20, 1899;
  • Who wir der Natur Erleben op. 24, for soprano or tenor and Orchestra, 1903;
  • 2 Lieder op. 25, for soprano or tenor and Orchestra, 1904;
  • Aschenputtel, suite, op. 33, 1924;
  • Symphonic prelude to Tiefland, op. 34, 1934

Literature[Edit]Edit

  • Wilhelm Raupp: Eugen d'Albert. Ein Künstler-und Menschenschicksal. Koehler und Amelang, Leipzig, 1930.
  • Charlotte Pangels: Eugen d'Albert: Wunderpianist und Komponist: eine Biographie. Atlantis, Zürich/Freiburg, 1981. ISBN 3 7611 0595 9.

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