Genishta, Iosif Sonata no. 3 Op.13 for piano & cello



Genishta, Iosif Sonata no. 3 Op.13 for piano & cello

Iosif Genishta(1795–1853) was the son of a Czech musician who had settled in Russia in the eighteenth century. He studied under Johann Wilhelm Hässler (1747–1822), who had known Mozart, Benda and C. P. E. Bach, and worked in London (1790–92), St Petersburg, and finally Moscow (from 1794). Genishta achieved a high profile in the same city in the 1820s – 1840s, and his work was recognized by contemporaries such as Pushkin, whose texts Genishta set to music, and Glinka, who transcribed Genishta’s setting of Pushkin’s ‘The sun has set’ for voice and orchestra. Works for cello occupy a significant position in Genishta’s output, and there are indications that he played the instrument. The publication of this sonata was reported in the November and December 1834 issues of Hofmeister’s Monatsberichte, and the work was favourably reviewed in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitungin January 1837, being and noted for its beauty and directness of expression. The second sonata attracted praise from Robert Schumann, who described Genishta in the diary of his trip to Moscow as a ‘gentle man for whom nothing is good enough’. Apart from the 3 sonatas for piano 7 cello there are sets of Nocturnes and Variations for the same combination. The first sonata, Op. 6 is also published by Fountayne Editions (FE130).

FE183           Genishta      Sonata no. 3 Op. 13 for piano and cello

This edition is based on the first edition, Sonate für Pianoforte und Violoncello componirt und Seinem Freunde Alexander Behrs zugeeignet von Joseph Genischta(op. 13, Leipzig: Hofmeister, 1847. Behrs may be the eminent doctor (1807–1871) who was captain of the medical corps and doctor to two banks in Moscow (1845–62), and doctor to the Royal Theatre in St Petersburg (1848–58).

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