Rosenhain, Jacob (Jakob or Jacques)

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Rosenhain, Jacob (Jakob or Jacques)

Rosenhain, Jacob (Jakob or Jacques) , German pianist and composer; b. Mannheim, Dec. 2, 1813; d. Baden-Baden, March 21, 1894. He was a child prodigy, making his debut in Frankfurt am Main when he was 8. He studied with Kalliwoda, Jakob Schmitt, and Schnyder von Wartensee. In 1837 he went to Paris and London, continuing his travels until 1870, when he settled as a teacher in Baden-Baden. His brother Eduard Rosenhain (b. Mannheim, Nov. 16, 1818; d. Frankfurt am Main, Sept. 6, 1861) was also a noteworthy pianist and teacher. He wrote a Serenade for Cello and Piano and piano pieces.


DRAMATIC: Opera : Der Besuch im Irrenhause (Frankfurt am Main, Dec. 29, 1834); Le Démon de la nuit (Paris, March 17, 1851); Le Volage et jaloux (Baden-Baden, Aug. 3, 1863). ORCH. : 3 syms.; Piano Concerto. chamber: 4 piano trios; 3 string quartets; 2 cello sonatas; piano pieces.


E. Kratt-Harveng, Jacques R., Komponist und Pianist: Ein Lebensbild (Baden-Baden, 1891).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire