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Autographed musical quotation by the conductor, violinist and violist of Franz Ondricek’s Romanza pour Violin, Prague, June 15, 1936.


Reissig (1874-1939) was an extremely important figure in Czech music.  From 1885 to 1892, he studied violin with Anton Bennewitz and Ferdinand Lachner and then composition with Antonin Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory. His classmates and close friends were Josef Suk and Oscar Nedbal. He toured as a concert violinist and violist from 1894-1896.  During this time he developed a love for the viola d’amore, a forgotten instrument at the time and brought it back to the forefront.  His work as a violin virtuoso caught the attention of Leos Janacek who recommende he come to Brno and in 1896, he became a professor of violin and viola at the Brno Beseda Philharmonic Association School of Music.  By 1899 hje was named the Director of the school and Music Director of the Orchestra.  Reissig increased the enrollment from a handful of pupils to 400 pupils during this time.  At Janacek’s invitation, he also taught at his Organ School from 1903-1909.  He also performed as a violinist during this time as well, both as a soloist with orchestra, in recital and in chamber ensembles.  On January 10th, 1896 at one of his recitals, he gave the first professional performance of Dvorak’s Sonatina for Violin and Piano, op. 100.  The work was written in America in 1893 for his children who gave a private performance in December of that year.  As a the Music Director of the Brno Philharmonic, Reissig gave numerous World Premieres with the orchestra.  Reissig was the champion of two important Czech composers, Vitezslav Novak and Josef Suk.  For Novak, he premiered his Op. 19 Two Ballads for piano, orchestra and chorus on November 19, 1899 and in 1902, his op. 23 Two Ballads, also for piano, orchestra and chorus on December 14, 1902 and his symphonic cantata “Boure” “The Storm” op. 42 on April 17, 1910. As a conductor, he gave numerous World Premieres of works by Josef Suk and championed with works of Smetana and Fibich.  In 1917, Reissig joined with the Bohemian Quartet and gave the Czech Premier in Brno of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht”.  He played another important World Premiere with the Bohemian Quartet, then posthumous World Premiere of Dvorak’s Quintent in A Minor, op. 1 on December 15, 1921 in a Dvorak evening at the Prague Conservatory.  They also gave the first public performance of the work with Reissig, 9 years later on February 10, 1930 at the Czech Chamber Music Association in Prague. Reissig passed the orchestra baton in 1919, (Though he conducted the orchestra until his death in 1939) spent a year teaching at Janacek’s brand new conservatory in Prague as of the 1920-21 school year was a Professor of violin and conducting at the Prague Conservatory for the rest of his life.  While there he edited many composer’s works, including transcribing works for the viola d’amore.


Reissig had a fruitful relationship with Leos Janacek.  Perhaps the most important aspect of their musical friendship was Reissig’s introduction to Janacek of the viola d’amore.  Reissig received European renown for his performances on the instrument.  A 14 string instrument, in which only 7 strings are typically played hearkened back to the Baroque period and was difficult to tune.  Janacek was so enamored with the instrument that he added it to the score of his two best remembered operas, “Katya Kabanova” and “Jenufa”.  Reissig also worked with Janacek on his Violin Sonata and also edited the work. 


A rare autograph!