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Opera and lyrical music
Sheet music for Jan Ladislav Dusek
Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics Volume 2136. Composed by Various. Piano Collection. Classical. Softcover. 200 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50601133).
Piano - Intermediate
Celebration Series. Composed by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This edition: 2015 edition. Celebration Series. The Piano Repertoire books provide a representative collection of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods. These volumes are the ultimate resource for examinations, recitals, festivals, competitions, auditions, and per. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and 21st century. Method book & online audio. 56 pages. Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company (FH.C5R06).
Piano - Intermediate
Celebration Series. Composed by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This edition: 2015 edition. Celebration Series. The Piano Repertoire books provide a representative collection of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods. These volumes are the ultimate resource for examinations, recitals, festivals, competitions, auditions, and per. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and 21st century. Book. 80 pages. Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company (FH.C5R08).
Piano - Late Intermediate
Edited by Helen Marlais. Music Related Texts. Succeeding with the Masters. This title is on the 2017-2021 National Federation of Music Clubs list. Classical, Baroque, Classical Period, Romantic Period, 20th Century, Instructional, Method and Solos. Instrumental solo book and performance CD. With standard notation. 104 pages. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.FJH1589).
Piano - Early Intermediate; Intermediate; Late Intermediate
To Develop Technique and Musicianship. Edited by Maurice Hinson. Graded Standard Repertoire; Masterworks; Piano Collection; Technique Musicianship. Alfred Masterwork Edition: Essential Keyboard Repertoire. Masterwork. Book. 144 pages. Alfred Music #00-4597. Published by Alfred Music (AP.4597).
Piano - Early Intermediate; Intermediate
Edited by Ronald Herder. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Masterwork. Book. Dover Publications #06-404072. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-404072).
Apart from music for piano solo or duet, Dusík wrote many works for string instrument(s) and piano, chamber music, a mass and 19 piano concertos (one for 2 pianos and orchestra). He is, however, remembered as a pianist and composer for the piano. His piano music includes at least 42 sonatas, 29 of which were published by “Artia” of Prague between 1964 and 1967. Although most, if not all, are well written and individual in style, of particular merit and importance are:
- Op. 44. “The Farewell” (1802?), dedicated to Clementi and written after he left England.
- Op. 61. An “Elégie harmonique” on the death of Prince Louis Ferdinand (1806/1807)
- Op. 70. “Le retour à Paris” (1807), which was published in England under the title “Plus ultra” in response to Woelfl’s sonata “Ne plus ultra”
- Op. 77. “L’Invocation”, written during the last year of his life, and probably not only his greatest, but also possibly the best Czech composition before Smetana.
Dussek’s first musical teacher was his father (Jan Dusík) from whom he began to learn the piano at the age of 5, and the organ at the age of 9. He appears to have lived with his parents in Czáslav until the age of 17. He then moved to Jihlava, and the Jesuit Seminary in Kutná Hora for further studies, and concluded his education in Prague (where he also studied philosophy and theology) in 1778.
1780–1782 he moved to employed as organist and music teacher in Bergen-op-Zoom in the Netherlands, he was in Amsterdam in 1782 and The Hague in 1783. He began his career as a piano virtuoso in Berlin in 1784, Mainz (1785) and St. Petersburg (1786). He left Russia when implicated in a plot against the Empress Catherine II, and went to Paris from 1786 to 1789, apart from a concert tour in Italy. He fled Paris in 1789 for London, where he lived for 10 years. In 1792 he married the daughter of the music publisher and composer Domenico Corri.
The firm became bankrupt and he moved to Hamburg (1800–1802). After a series of concerts in his native country, he entered the service of Prince Louis Ferdinand, until the latter was killed at the Battle of Saalfeld in 1806 during the Franco–Prussian War.
In 1807 he returned to Paris where he remained until his death at the castle in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1812, at the comparatively early age of 52, having been affected during his final years by profound melanchololia and gross obesity.