Author Topic: Felix Draeseke (1835-1913) - New German School conservative  (Read 820 times)

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Born in Coburg. Lived in Dresden from 1876 until his death.  After hearing Wagner's Lohengrin, he aligned himself with the 'New German School.' He met Liszt in 1857, who liked a work of his and wanted to have it performed in Weimer - it met a hostile reception, unfortunately.  After meeting Wagner in 1859, he left for Switzerland in 1861.  He composed there and worked as a piano teacher in several towns.  Back in Germany, Liszt was praising his music.  Returning to Germany after a 15 year absence, he obtained a position at the Dresden conservatory.  His musical outlook began to change, and he became more conservative.  He found Richard Strauss not to his liking, for example. His individualistic harmonic style was distinctive.
Much later during the Nazi era, a party member tried to use his position to popularize the music of Draeseke with little success.

     chamber music
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String quartet nr. 1 in c, op 27 (1880)
String quartet nr. 2 in e, op 35, (1886)
String quartet nr. 3 in c#, op 66 (1895)
Quintet in B-flat for piano, violin, viola, cello, and horn, op 48 (1888)
Quintet in A 'Stelzner-Quintett' for violins (2), viola, violotta, and cello (1897)
Quintet in F for violins (2), viola, and celli (2), op 77 (1901)
Ballade for Cello and Piano in b, op 7 (1867)
Barcarole for Cello and Piano in a, op 11 (1872)
Scene for Violin and Piano, op. 69 (1899)
Adagio for Horn and Piano, op 31 (1885)
Romanze for Horn and Piano, op 32 (1885)
Suite for Two Violins, op. 86 (1911)
Kleine Suite for English Horn (or Oboe) and Piano, op 87 (1911)
Viola Sonata No. 1 in c minor, WoO 21 (1892)
Viola Sonata No. 2 in F, WoO 26 (1902)
Clarinet Sonata in B-flat op. 38
Violin Sonata in B-flat op 38 (alternate version of the clarinet sonata)
Cello Sonata, op. 51 (1890)

     piano music
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Sonata quasi fantasia, c, op.6
Valse Rhapsodie in E-flat minor, Op.4
Valse-Impromptu in D-flat major, Op. 4, No. 2
Valse-Scherzo in C# minor, Op.5
Fantasie on Themes from Boieldieus "Weisse Dame", op 8 (1866)
Petite Histoire, op 9 (ca. 1869)
Fata Morgana, op 13 (1877)
Dämmerungsräume: Five piano pieces, op 14 (1876-7)
Six Fugues, op 15 (1876)
Was die Schwalbe sang, Five lyric pieces, op 21 (1883)
Miniaturen, Six piano pieces, op 23 (1883)
Rückblicke. Five lyric piano pieces, op 43 (1888)
Scheidende Sonne, Nine piano pieces, op 44 (1888)
Neun Albumblätter, WoO 19 (1888)
March in C-major, WoO 40 (?)

     orchestral music
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Serenade, D, op.49, 1888 (1889);
Piano Conc., op.36, 1885–6 (1887);
Violin Conc., 1881;
marches, incl. Germania-Marsch, 1861
Overture toJubelouvertüre, op.65 (1898);
Ouvertüre zum Namenstag des Fürsten Constantin, 1862,
Akademische Festouvertüre, 1890
Symphonies: ugendsinfonie (destroyed), C;
     G, op.12, 1868–72 (1873);
     F, op.25, 1870–76 (1880);
     Symphonia tragica, op.40, 1885–6 (1887);
     Symphonia comica, e/G, 1912 (1996)
Symphonic poems: Julius Caesar, 1860, rev. 1865;
     Frithjof, 1865;
     Thunersee, 1903
Symphonic preludes: Das Leben ein Traum (after Calderón), op.45, 1868–88 (1894),
Penthesilea (after Kleist), op.50, 1888 (1889),
Der Traum ein Leben (after Grillparzer), 1904

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Re: Felix Draeseke (1835-1913) - New German School conservative
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2016, 03:48:11 PM »
YouTube has a good number of his works:

Symphony #3 "Tragic"

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Re: Felix Draeseke (1835-1913) - New German School conservative
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016, 04:06:22 PM »
YouTube also has the  Sonata quasi fantasia,  posted by movements, which may be his most known work?
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