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Autographed postcard photograph of the Russian born Swiss composer.

 

Juon (1872-1940) initially was a violinist.  He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with the Czech violinist Jan Hrimaly and composers Serge Tanayev and Anton Arensky.  He then went to the Berlin Hochschüle für Musik where he studied with composer Waldemar Bargiel, Clara Schumann’s half brother, winning the Mendelssohn prize when he graduated in 1896.  He returned to Russia teaching theory at the Baku Conservatory for a year.  He arrived back in Berlin where Joseph Joachim hired him as Professor of Composition at the Hochschüle from 1906-1934.  In 1919 he was elected to the Berlin Academy of Arts. Interestingly, Juon was considered part of the important growth of new classical music in Berlin during the 1920’s.  He was a close friend of Kurt Weill and when the Nazis destroyed his friend Franz Schrecker’s career and the toll and pressure caused his demise in 1934, Juon decided to retire and move to Switzerland, the homeland of his parents.

 

Juon’s significance as a pedagogue cannot be underestimated.  Some of his pupils included: Heinrich Neuhaus, Philipp Jarnach, Henry Jolles, Heinrich Kaminski, Nikolas (Nikolai) Nabukov, Pancho Vladigerov and Stepan Wolpe.

 

As a composer, Juon fused the Russian music temperament with Romantic German theory and technique, subscribing fully to tonality at the end of the Romantic period.  His second symphony in A major received an enthusiastic London Philharmonic local debut in 1904 and was so successful they brought it back in 1905. He would write three symphonies for large orchestras, a chamber and a string symphony.  For orchestra he also wrote numerous tone poems, scenes and suites for orchestra.  He wrote three concertos for the violin, as well a cello concerto and a triple concerto, but never wrote a solo concerto for piano and orchestra.  That said he wrote an enormous amount of chamber music with piano and an even larger amount of solo piano music.  In 1896 he completed his only opera, “Aleko” and one choral work, though he did write numerous song cycles, including settings of Jewish folk songs in 1920.

 

Juon’s importance to modern 20th Century music is not to be underestimated, despite his personal taste in tonal Romantic composition, as his pupils in many cases also taught.

 

A rather scarce autograph!

PAUL JUON - COMPOSER
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