Julius Röntgen

Julius Röntgen (1855-1932)

Nationality: German | Dutch
Born: May 9, 1855, Leipzig Died: September 13, 1932, Bilthoven (age 77)

Piano Trio No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 23

(for violin, cello and piano)
I. Allegro molto ed energico
II. Un poco andante
III. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato, ma con brio
Composed: 1883 (age 27-28)
Published: 1885, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel (age 29-30)
Dedication: J.A. Sillem
From Edition Silvertrust

Julius RöntgenJulius Röntgen (1855-1932) was born in the German city of Leipzig. His father was a violinist and his mother a pianist. He showed musical talent at an early age and was taken to the famed pianist and composer, Carl Reinecke, the director of the Gewandhaus orchestra. Subsequently he studied piano in Munich with Franz Lachner, one of Schubert's closest friends. After a brief stint as a concert pianist, Röntgen moved to Amsterdam and taught piano there, helping to found the Amsterdam Conservatory and the subsequently world famous Concertgebouw Orchestra. He composed throughout his life and especially during his last 10 years after he retired. Though he wrote in most genres, chamber music was his most important area.

Röntgen completed his Second Piano Trio in 1894. It was published the following year. The opening Allegro molto is full of rich harmonies and melodies. The second movement, Un poco andante, consists of a three part song, full of yearning. The fetching middle section is particularly noteworthy for its fine use of tonal color. The next movement, Scherzo, has for its main theme a jovial, fleet and very appealing subject. The contrasting trio is calm and somewhat reflective. The finale, Allegro moderato, has a lovely melody for its main theme charged with emotion. It slowly rises to a heroic coda.

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