Josef Dessauer

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Josef Dessauer, 1831
Josef Dessauer

Josef Dessauer (28 May 1798 in Prague – 8 July 1876 in Mödling, near Vienna), was an Austrian-born composer who wrote many popular songs, and also some less successful operas.

Life[edit]

Dessauer was born into a wealthy Jewish family, and studied piano in Prague with Bedřich Diviš Weber and composition with Wenzel Tomaschek. Dessauer began as a song composer, but later began composing operas, of which very few were performed.

In 1821 he settled in Vienna, from which he made many European tours. He was a friend of many composers of his time, such as Gioachino Rossini, Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, who dedicated some pieces to him.

Operas[edit]

  • Lidwinna (1836)
  • Ein Besuch in Saint-Cyr (1838)
  • Paquita (1851)
  • Domingo (1860)
  • Oberon (which was never performed)

Songs[edit]

  • "Verschwiegenheit"
  • "Das Gebet"
  • "Wie Glücklich"
  • "Am Strande"
  • "Ich Denke Dein"
  • "Das Zerbrochene Ringlein"