Joseph Joachim (28 June 1831 – 15 August 1907) was a Hungarian violinist, conductor, composer and teacher. A close collaborator of Johannes Brahms, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant violinists of the 19th century.
- 1 Life
- 2 Repertoire
- 3 Compositions
- 4 Joachim's own discography
- 5 Joachim's students
- 6 Joachim's instruments
- 7 Cultural references
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Joseph Joachim was born in Kittsee (Kopčany/Köpcsény), near Bratislava and Eisenstadt, in what is today's Burgenland area of Austria. He was the seventh of eight children born to Julius, a wool merchant, and Fanny Joachim, who were of Hungarian Jewish origin. His infancy was spent as a member of the Kittsee Kehilla (Jewish community), one of Hungary's prominent Siebengemeinden ('Seven Communities') under the protectorate of the Esterházy family. He was a first cousin of Fanny Wittgenstein, the mother of Karl Wittgenstein and the grandmother of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the pianist Paul Wittgenstein.
In 1833 his family moved to Pest, where he studied violin with Stanisław Serwaczyński, the concertmaster of the opera in Pest. (Serwaczyński later moved back to Lublin, Poland, where he taught Wieniawski). In 1839, Joachim continued his studies at the Vienna Conservatory (briefly with Miska Hauser and Georg Hellmesberger, Sr.; finally – and most significantly – with Joseph Böhm). He was taken by his cousin, Fanny Wittgenstein to live and study in Leipzig, where he became a protégé of Felix Mendelssohn. In his début performance in the Leipzig Gewandhaus he played the Otello Fantasy by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst.
London Philharmonic Debut, Beethoven Violin Concerto
On 27 May 1844 Joachim, at age not quite 13, in his London Philharmonic debut with Mendelssohn conducting, played the solo part in Beethoven's violin concerto. This was a triumph in several respects, as described by R. W. Eshbach. The Philharmonic had a policy against performers so young, but an exception was made after auditions persuaded gatherings of distinguished musicians and music lovers that Joachim had mature capabilities. Despite Beethoven's recognition as one of the greatest composers, and the ranking nowadays of his violin concerto as among the greatest few, it was far from being so ranked before Joachim's performance. Ludwig Spohr had harshly criticized it, and after the London premiere by violinist Edward Eliason, a critic had said it "might have been written by any third or fourth rate composer." But Joachim was very well prepared to play Beethoven's concerto, having written his own cadenzas for it and memorized the piece. The audience anticipated great things, having got word from the rehearsal, and so, Mendelssohn wrote, "frenetic applause began" as soon as Joachim stepped in front of the orchestra. The beginning was applauded still more, and "cheers of the audience accompanied every ... part of the concerto." Reviewers also had high praise. One for 'The Musical World' wrote "The greatest violinists hold this concerto in awe ... Young Joachim ... attacked it with the vigour and determination of the most accomplished artist ... no master could have read it better," and the two cadenzas, written by Joachim, were "tremendous feats ... ingeniously composed". Another reviewer, for the 'Illustrated London News', wrote that Joachim "is perhaps the first violin player, not only of his age, but of his siècle" [century]. "He performed Beethoven's solitary concerto, which we have heard all the great performers of the last twenty years attempt, and invariably fail in ... its performance was an eloquent vindication of the master-spirit who imagined it." A third reviewer, for the 'Morning Post', wrote that the concerto "has been generally regarded by violin-players as not a proper and effective development of the powers of their instrument" but that Joachim's performance "is beyond all praise, and defies all description ... Joachim's performance was altogether unprecedented." Joachim remained a favorite with the English public for the rest of his career.
Following Mendelssohn's death in 1847, Joachim stayed briefly in Leipzig, teaching at the Conservatorium and playing on the first desk of the Gewandhaus Orchestra with Ferdinand David. In 1848, Franz Liszt took up residence in Weimar, determined to re-establish the town's reputation as the Athens of Germany. There, he gathered a circle of young avant-garde disciples, vocally opposed to the conservatism of the Leipzig circle. Joachim was amongst the first of these. He served Liszt as concertmaster, and for several years enthusiastically embraced the new "psychological music," as he called it. In 1852 he moved to Hanover, at the same time dissociating himself from the musical ideals of the 'New German School' (Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, and their followers, as defined by journalist Franz Brendel). "The worship of Wagner's music permeating musical taste in Weimar was to Joachim inordinate and unacceptable." In 1853, Joachim met the then publicly unknown 20-year-old Brahms, was highly impressed by him, and gave him a letter of recommendation to Robert Schumann. Brahms was received by Schumann and his wife Clara with great enthusiasm. After Robert's mental breakdown in 1854 and death in 1856, Joachim, Clara, and Brahms remained lifelong friends and shared musical views. Joachim's break with Liszt became final in August 1857, when he wrote to his former mentor: "I am completely out of sympathy with your music; it contradicts everything which from early youth I have taken as mental nourishment from the spirit of our great masters."
Joachim's time in Hanover was his most prolific period of composition. Then and during the rest of his career, he frequently performed with Clara Schumann. For example, in October–November 1857 they took a recital tour together to Dresden, Leipzig, and Munich. St. James's Hall, London, which opened in 1858, hosted a series of "Popular Concerts" of chamber music, of which programmes from 1867 through 1904 are preserved. Joachim appears a great many times, so many in the 1868-69 season as if he were then the resident first violinist. In March 1898 and in 1901-1904 he appeared in his own quartet of players, but otherwise far more often he appeared with resident Popular Concerts artists Joseph Ries, second violin, J. B. Zerbini, first viola, and Alfredo Piatti, first cello, reputed to be "one of the most celebrated cellists" of the time. George Bernard Shaw wrote that the Popular Concerts had helped greatly to spread and enlighten musical taste in England. Joachim had been a mainstay of the chamber music Popular Concerts.
At 18 of the Popular Concerts at least, Clara Schumann performed along with Joachim, Zerbini and Piatti, presumably playing piano quartets (without second violin). (The programs of those concerts very likely also included string quartets in which she of course did not play, as Ries is also listed.) Her favorite piece of that form was Brahms's Piano Quartet in A major. She wrote to Brahms 27 February 1882 from London that the piece had received "much applause". About a performance of it in Liverpool 11 February she had written in her diary that it was "warmly received, much to my surprise as the public here is far less receptive than that in London." In January 1867 there had been a tour to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, by Joachim, Clara, her oldest daughter Marie, Ries, Zerbini, Piatti, two English sisters "Miss Pynes," one a singer, and a Mr. Saunders who managed all the arrangements. Marie Schumann wrote home from Manchester that in Edinburgh Clara "was received with tempestuous applause and had to give an encore, so had Joachim. Piatti, too, is always tremendously liked."
Joachim had extensive correspondence with both Clara and Brahms, as Brahms greatly valued Joachim's opinion of his new compositions. Joachim gave especially generous advice on the orchestration of Brahms's First Piano Concerto. In 1860 Brahms and Joachim jointly wrote a manifesto against the "progressive" music of the 'New German' School, in reaction to the polemics of Brendel's Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. This manifesto had few co-signers and met with a mixed reception, being heavily derided by followers of Wagner
On 10 May 1863 Joachim married the contralto Amalie Schneeweiss (stage name: Amalie Weiss) (1839–99). Amalie gave up her own promising career as an opera singer and gave birth to six children. She continued to perform in oratorios and to give lieder recitals. In 1865 Joachim quit the service of the King of Hanover in protest, when the Intendant of the Opera refused to advance one of the orchestral players (Jakob Grün) because of the latter's Jewish birth. In 1866, Joachim moved to Berlin, where he was invited to help found a new department of the Royal Academy of Music. There he became the director of the Hochschule für ausübende Tonkunst, or High School for Musical Performance.
On Good Friday, 10 April 1868, Joachim and his wife joined their friend, Johannes Brahms, in the celebration of one of Brahms' greatest triumphs, the first complete performance of his German Requiem at the Bremen Cathedral. Amalie Joachim sang "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth" and Joseph Joachim played Schumann's Abendlied. It was a glorious occasion, after which about 100 of the composer's friends, the Joachims, Clara Schumann, the Dietrichs, Max Bruch and others gathered at the Bremen Rathskeller.
In 1869, the Joachim String Quartet was formed, which quickly gained a reputation as Europe's finest. Other members of the Quartet were Karel Halíř (2nd violin), Emanuel Wirth (viola) and Robert Hausmann (cello).
In 1884, Joachim and his wife separated after he became convinced that she was having an affair with the publisher Fritz Simrock. Brahms, certain that Joachim's suspicions were groundless, wrote a sympathetic letter to Amalie, which she later produced as evidence in Joachim's divorce proceeding against her. This led to a cooling of Brahms and Joachim's friendship, which was not restored until some years later, when Brahms composed the Double Concerto in A minor for violin and cello, Op. 102, as a peace offering to his old friend. It was co-dedicated to the first performers, Joachim and Robert Hausmann.
On 16 April 1889, in England, Joseph Joachim was presented a Stradivarius violin and Tourte bow once owned by Raphael Georg Kiesewetter. In late 1895 both Brahms and Joachim were present at the opening of the new Tonhalle at Zurich, Switzerland; Brahms conducted and Joachim was assistant conductor. But in April, two years later, Joachim was to lose forever this revered friend, as Johannes Brahms died at the age of 64 at Vienna. At Meiningen, in December 1899, it was Joachim who made the speech when a statue to Brahms was unveiled.
In Berlin, on 17 August 1903, Joachim recorded five sides for The Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd (G&T), which remain a fascinating and valuable source of information about 19th-century styles of violin playing. He is the earliest violinist of distinction known to have recorded, only to be followed soon thereafter when Sarasate made some recordings the following year.
Joachim's portrait was twice painted by Philip de László. A portrait of Joachim was painted by John Singer Sargent and presented to him at the 1904 "Diamond Jubilee" celebration of his sixtieth anniversary of his first appearance in London. In Berlin, a great concert took place, at which his pupils past and present, 116 violinists and violists, with 24 cellists who attended his classes played under the direction of Fritz Steinbach, a conductor of note, for his interpretations of Brahms' music. The great moment of celebration came when Joachim, without the slightest hesitation, responded to the spontaneous request to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major.
Joachim remained in Berlin until his death in 1907.
Among the most notable of Joachim's achievements were the revivals of Bach's Sonatas and partitas for solo violin, BWV 1001-1006, and particularly of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Joachim was the second violinist to play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, which he studied with the composer. Joachim played a pivotal role in the career of Brahms, and remained a tireless advocate of Brahms's compositions through all the vicissitudes of their friendship. He conducted the English premiere of Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in C minor.
A number of Joachim's composer colleagues, including Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, and Dvořák, composed concerti with Joachim in mind, many of which entered the standard repertory. Nevertheless, Joachim's solo repertoire remained relatively restricted. He never performed Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor, which Schumann wrote especially for him, or Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A minor, although Dvořák had earnestly solicited his advice about the piece, dedicated it to him, and would have liked him to premiere it. The most unusual work written for Joachim was the F-A-E Sonata, a collaboration between Schumann, Brahms, and Albert Dietrich, based upon the initials of Joachim's motto, Frei aber Einsam (which can be translated as "free but lonely", "free but alone", or "free but solitary"). Although the sonata is rarely performed in its entirety, the third movement, the Scherzo in C minor, composed by Brahms, is still frequently played today.
Joachim's own compositions are less well known. He has a reputation as a composer of a short but distinguished catalogue of works. Among his compositions are various works for the violin (including three concerti) and overtures to Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry IV. He also wrote cadenzas for a number of other composers' concerti (including the Beethoven and Brahms concerti). His most highly regarded composition is his Hungarian concerto (Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op. 11).
List of compositions
- Op. 1, Andantino and Allegro scherzoso, for violin and piano (1848): dedicated to Joseph Böhm
- Op. 2, Three Pieces, (circa 1848–1852), Romanze, Fantasiestück, Eine Frühlingsfantasie for Violin or Viola and Piano
- Op. 3, Violin Concerto in One Movement, in G minor (1851); dedicated to Franz Liszt
- Op. 4, Hamlet Overture (1853)
- Op. 5, Three Pieces for Violin and Piano: Lindenrauschen, Abendglocken, Ballade; dedicated to Gisela von Arnim
- Op. 6, Demetrius Overture (Herman Grimm, dedicated to Franz Liszt)
- Op. 7, Henry IV Overture (1854)
- Op. 8, Overture to a Comedy by Gozzi (1854)
- Op. 9, Hebrew Melodies, for Viola and Piano
- Op. 10, Variations on an Original Theme, for Viola and Piano (1855)
- Op. 11, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor "in the Hungarian Manner" ( ca. 1853, published in 1861)
- Op. 12, Notturno for Violin and Orchestra in A major (1858)
- WoO, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major (1875)
- Op. 13, Elegiac Overture "In Memoriam Heinrich von Kleist" (ca. 1877)
- Op. 14, Szene der Marfa from Friedrich Schiller's unfinished drama "Demetrius" (ca. 1869)
- WoO, Ich hab' im Traum geweinet for voice and piano, pub. Wigand, 1854.
- Scene from Schiller's Demetrius (1878)
- WoO, Rain, rain and sun, Merlin's Song (Tennyson), pub. C. Kegan & Co., 1880.
- Melodrama zu einer Schillergedenkfeier (unpublished, autograph in Hamburg Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek)
- Overture in C major' (Konzertouvertüre zum Geburtstag des Kaisers) (1896)
- Two Marches for orchestra
- Andantino in A minor, for violin and orchestra (also for violin and piano)
- Romance in B-flat major, for violin and piano
- Romance in C major, for violin and piano
- String Quartet Movement in C minor
- Variationen über ein irisches Elfenlied for piano
- Variations for Violin and Orchestra in E minor (ca. 1879); dedicated to Pablo Sarasate
- In 1855 Joachim made a version for full orchestra of Schubert's Grand Duo in C major for piano duet (D. 812), which many scholars at that time considered (probably incorrectly) to be a draft or piano reduction of a lost symphony.
- He also made a virtuosic transcription for violin and piano of all 21 of Brahms's Hungarian Dances.
- He produced numerous editions of music, many in collaboration with Andreas Moser.
- Beethoven, Concerto in D major, Op. 61
- Brahms, Concerto in D major, Op. 77
- Kreutzer, Concerto No. 19 in D minor
- Mozart, Aria from Il re pastore, Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218, and Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219
- Rode, Concerto No. 10 in B minor, and Concerto No. 11 in D major
- Spohr, Concerto in A minor, Op. 47 (Gesangsszene)
- Tartini, Sonata in G minor (Devil's Trill)
- Viotti, Concerto No. 22 in A minor
Recordings of Joachim's compositions
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 11 "In the Hungarian Style":
- Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Carlos Kalmar (Conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cedille Records: CDR 90000 068 (liner notes)
- Elmar Oliveira (Violin), Leon Botstein (Conductor), London Philharmonic, IMP
- Aaron Rosand (Violin), Louis de Froment (Conductor), Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra, Vox Catalog #: 5102
- Violin Concerto No. 3
- Hamlet Overture, Op. 4
- Meir Minsky (Conductor), Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8554733
- Elegische Ouvertüre, Op. 13
- Meir Minsky (Conductor), Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8554733
- Andantino and Allegro scherzoso, Op. 1: Andantino
- Romance in B-flat major
- Hebrew melodies, Op. 9
- Anna Barbara Dütschler (Viola), Marc Pantillon (Piano), Claves #: 9905
- Heinrich IV Overture, Op. 7 (2 pianos, arr. Johannes Brahms)
- Duo Egri-Pertis, Hungaroton #: 32003
- Variations for Viola and Piano, Op. 10
- Numerous recordings
- Variations for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
- Vilmos Szabadi (Violin), László Kovács (Conductor), North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Hungaroton #: 32185
- String Quartet Movement in C minor
- Israel String Quartet, Classic Talent #B001HADEWI
Joachim's own discography
- J. S. Bach: Partita for Violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 7th movement, Tempo di Bourée, Pearl Catalog: 9851 (also on Testament (749677132323)).
- Brahms: Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor (arr. Joachim), Opal Recordings (also on Testament (749677132323)).
- Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor (arr. Joachim), Grammophon Catalogue #047905; HMV, D88.
- Joachim: Romance in C major, Op. 20, Pearl Catalog: 9851
Original pressings are single-sided and have a flat red G&T label. Later reeditions have a black G&T label (or, from 1909, a label showing the 'His Master's Voice' trade-mark), and those made for the German market are double-sided. They are better in quality.
- Leopold Auer, violinist and teacher; studied with Joachim in Hanover
- Aylmer Buesst
- Willy Burmester
- Carl Courvoisier (12 November 1846 – 1908), author of Technics of Violin Playing on Joachim's Method, London: The Strad Library, No. I, 1894.
- Bernardo V. Moreira de Sá (14 February 1853 – 2 April 1924, Portugal), Portuguese violinist and teacher; director of the "Conservatório de Música do Porto"; director and founder of the "Orpheon Portuense"; studied with Joachim in Berlin
- Bram Eldering (8 July 1865 – 17 June 1943), Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic under Hans von Bülow; Concertmaster of the Meininger Hofkapelle
- Adila Fachiri, Joachim's niece
- F. Fleischhauer (born 24 July 1834), Hofconcertmeister in Meiningen.
- Sam Franko
- Richard Gompertz (born 27 April 1859), professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London
- Karel (Carl) Halíř (1859–1909), Bohemian violinist, member of the Joachim Quartet
- Gustav Hille
- Willy Hess
- Richard Himmelstoß (born 17 June 1843), Concertmaster in Breslau
- Gustav Holländer (born 15 February 1855), solo violinist
- Jenő Hubay, Hungarian violinist, composer
- Bronisław Huberman
- Karl Klingler, violinist of the Klingler Quartet and Joachim's successor at the Berlin Hochschule; Klingler was the teacher of Shinichi Suzuki.
- Iosif Kotek (1855–1885), Russian violinist
- Hans Letz, Concertmaster of the Theodore Thomas Orchestra
- Bernhard Listemann, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- Charles Martin Loeffler (1861–1935)
- Martin Marsick
- Pietro Melani
- Waldemar J. Meyer (1853–1940)
- Andreas Moser (1859–1925), violinist and assistant to Joachim; Moser wrote the first biography of Joachim. He helped recover original scores of J.S. Bach's Sonate e Partite per violino solo, and collaborated with him on numerous editions.
- Tivadar Nachéz (Budapest 1859 – Lausanne 1930)
- Henri Petri, Concertmaster in Leipzig
- Maximilan Pilzer, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic (1915–1917)
- Enrico Polo (1868–1953), Italian violinist, violist, pedagogue
- Maud Powell, American violinist
- Willibald Richter (1860–1929), German-born English pianist, organist and teacher; student, friend and accompanist of Joachim; student of Haupt, Lebert, Liszt, Mischalek and Oscar; founded College of Music at Leicester
- Camillo Ritter, teacher of William Primrose
- Ossip Schnirlin (? – 1937)
- Emily Shinner
- Axel Skovgaard
- Maria Soldat-Röger
- Theodore Spiering, American violinist; born in St. Louis, lived in Chicago; Concertmaster (1909–1911) of New York Philharmonic
- Franz von Vecsey, studied with Hubay, then Joachim; dedicatee of the Sibelius violin concerto
- Alfred Wittenberg
Other pupils are mentioned by Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski in his "Die Violine und Ihre Meister."
- As a child, Joachim played a Guarneri del Gesù, which he gave to Felix Schumann after he acquired his first Stradivarius.
- In his Hanover years, Joachim played on a Guadagnini made in 1767.
- He later bought a 1714 Stradivarius, which he played until 1885.
- He exchanged this instrument for a 1713 Stradivarius, which was later acquired by Robert von Mendelssohn and lent for life to Joachim's student Karl Klingler.
- A 1714 Stradivarius "de Barreau/Joachim" which he bought in 1881 and sold in 1897, later owned by Richard von Mendelssohn, Baron Knoop, and Karl Klingler.
- A 1698 Joachim Stradivarius is held by the Royal Academy of Music
- A violin, the ex-Joachim Stradivarius of 1715 is currently held by the Collezione Civica del Comune di Cremona. It was presented to Joachim on the occasion of his Jubilee celebration in 1889.
- Another 1715 Stradivarius, the Joachim-Aranyi.
- Another 1715 Stradivarius, later owned by George Eastman
- A 1722 Stradivarius, later owned by Willy Burmester, Mischa Elman and Josef Suk.
- Another 1722 Stradivarius, also owned by the Mendelssohn family.
- A 1723 Stradivarius
- A 1725 Stradivarius, later owned by Norbert Brainin Currently played by Rainer Küchl.
- A 1727 Stradivarius, currently owned by Suntory, Ltd. and currently on loan to Mayuko Kamio.
- The Ex Joachim, Joseph Vieland Viola by Gasparo da Salò, Brescia, before 1609 is held by the Shrine to Music No. 3368,
- According to the Henley Atlas of Violin Makers, during the time he spent in France, Joachim performed on a violin made by French luthier Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin.
- A violin by Francesco Ruggeri bearing the label Nicolaus Amati
- A Joachim Tielke viola anno 1670, Hamburg, bought by Joachim in the late 19th Century in the Vuillaume shop. Currently played by David Yang.
- Joachim also played a Guarneri del Gesu, loaned by the Wittgenstein family, perhaps a 1737 Guarneri del Gesu?
- A Johannes Theodorus Cuypers anno 1807 was bought by Joachim in the mid 19th century and taken on tour throughout Europe. There is also evidence that the instrument was played by Joachim in a recital in Paris a half century later, in 1895. The same instrument was also played by Fritz Kreisler in a 1955 Carnegie Hall concert.
- A 1747 Pietro Guarneri
- A c. 1735 Montagnana, inherited by his youngest son, Paul Georg Joachim (1877–1933), owned by the family since that time. The documents on the origin of the violin were destroyed during the Nazi dictatorship.
- A 1767 Guadagnini
- A 1775 Guadagnini
- A Carlo Testore violin
- A Alfred Stelzner No. 158 violin.
- Among Joachim's bows was a Tourte, previously owned by Ernst.
- Monk Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius: p.5
- Joseph Joachim ~ biography and research: London Philharmonic Debut, Robert W. Eshbach 2013 
- Campbell, 1981, p. 76
- Litzmann, Berthold, 1913, Clara Schumann: An Artist's Life based on material found in Diaries and Letters, translated from the fourth German edition by Grace E. Hadow, MacMillan, London, p. 152.
- Arts & Humanities Research Council Concert Programmes, St. James's Hall Concerts (1867-1904) 
- Zerbini was of Australian origin. An obituary for him in the Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne) 1 January 1892 says he was "acknowledged to be one of the finest viola players in the world."
- Shaw, George Bernard (1937), London Music in 1888-89 as heard by Corno di Bassetto, etc. (Constable, London), p. 297
- Litzmann, p. 289
- Litzmann, p. 294
- Litzmann, pp. 249-250
- Jan Swafford, Johannes Brahms, Knopf (1997) reprinted Papermac (199) pp. 207–211
- Moser (1901) 202–6
- The University of Edinburgh Museums, Galleries & Collections
- Bronislaw Huberman
- de:Bernhard Listemann
- Cozio.com: violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, 1767 (ex-Sennhauser; ex-Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1714 (Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1714 (De Barrau; Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1698 (Kortschak; Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1715 (Cremonese; Harold Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1715 (Joachim; Aranyi)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1715 (David Hochstein; Nowell, Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1722 (Joachim; Elman)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1722 (Laurie)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1723 (Joachim; Wanamaker, Arbos)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1725 (Chaconne; Hammig)
- Cozio.com: violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1727
- Bowed Stringed Instruments Made Before 1800 at the National Music Museum
- Cozio.com: viola by Gasparo di Bertolotti da Salò, before 1609
- Cozio.com: violin by Francesco Ruggieri (ex-Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Giuseppe Guarneri del GesÃ¹, 1737 (Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Pietro (of Venice) Guarneri, 1747 (ex-Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, 1775 (ex-Joachim)
- Cozio.com: violin by Carlo Antonio Testore
- Robert Bridges
- Adolph Kohut, Josef Joachim. Ein Lebens- und Künstlerbild. Festschrift zu seinem 60. Geburtstage, am 28. Juni 1891, Berlin: A. Glas, 1891.
- Johannes Joachim and Andreas Moser (eds.), Briefe von und an Joseph Joachim, 3 vols., Berlin: Julius Bard, 1911–1913
- Andreas Moser (ed.), Johannes Brahms im Briefwechsel mit Joseph Joachim, 2nd ed., Berlin: Deutsche Brahms-Gesellschaft, 1912.
- Letters From and To Joseph Joachim, selected and translated by Nora Bickley with a preface by J. A. Fuller-Maitland, New York: Vienna House, 1972.
- Andreas Moser, Joseph Joachim: Ein Lebensbild, 2 vols. Berlin: Verlag der Deutschen Brahms-Gesellschaft, vol. 1: 1908; vol. 2: 1910.
- Andreas Moser, Joseph Joachim: A Biography, translated by Lilla Durham, introduction by J. A. Fuller Maitland, London: Philip Wellby, 1901.
- J. A. Fuller-Maitland, Joseph Joachim, London & New York: John Lane, 1905.
- F. G. E., "Joseph Joachim", The Musical Times, 48/775 (September 1, 1907): 577–583.
- Hans Joachim Moser, Joseph Joachim, Sechsundneunzigstes Neujahrsblatt der Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft in Zürich, Zürich & Leipzig: Hug & Co., 1908
- Karl Storck, Joseph Joachim: Eine Studie, Leipzig: Hermann Seemann Nachfolger, n.d.
- Anne Russell, "Joachim", The Etude, (December 1932) 884–885.
- Siegfried Borris, "Joseph Joachim zum 65. Todestag", Oesterreichische Musikzeitschrift XXVII (June 1972): 352–355.
- Barrett Stoll, Joseph Joachim: Violinist, Pedagogue, and Composer, Ph.D. Diss., Univ. of Iowa, 1978.
- Brigitte Massin, Les Joachim: Une Famille de Musiciens, Paris: Fayard, 1999. ISBN 2-213-60418-5
- Otto Biba, "'Ihr Sie hochachtender, dankbarer Schüler Peppi' Joseph Joachims Jugend im Spiegel bislang unveröffentlicher Briefe", Die Tonkunst, vol. 1, nr. 3, July 2007, 200–204.
- Beatrix Borchard, Stimme und Geige: Amalie und Joseph Joachim, Biographie und Interpretationsgeschichte, Wien, Köln, Weimar, Böhlau Verlag, 2005.
- Beatrix Borchard, "Groß-männlich-deutsch? Zur Rolle Joseph Joachims für das deutsche Musikleben in der Wilhelminischen Zeit", Die Tonkunst, vol. 1, nr. 3, July 2007, 218–231.
- Dietmar Shenk, "Aus einer Gründerzeit: Joseph Joachim, die Berliner Hochschule für Musik und der deutsch-französische Krieg", Die Tonkunst, vol. 1, nr. 3, July 2007, 232–246.
- Ute Bär, "Sie wissen ja, wie gerne ich, selbst öffentlich, mit Ihnen musicire! Clara Schumann und Joseph Joachim", Die Tonkunst, vol. 1, nr. 3, July 2007, 247–257.
- Gerhard Winkler (ed.) "Geigen-Spiel-Kunst: Joseph Joachim und der 'Wahre' Fortschritt", Burgenländische Heimatblätter, vol. 69, nr. 2, 2007.
- Robert W. Eshbach, "Der Geigerkönig: Joseph Joachim as Performer", Die Tonkunst, vol. 1, nr. 3, July 2007, 205–217.
- Robert W. Eshbach, "Verehrter Freund! Liebes Kind! Liebster Jo! Mein einzig Licht. Intimate letters in Brahms's Freundeskreis", Die Tonkunst, vol. 2, nr. 2, April 2008, 178–193.
- Robert W. Eshbach, "Joachims Jugend", Die Tonkunst, vol. 5, nr. 2, April 2011, 176–190.
- Robert W. Eshbach, "Joachim's Youth – Joachim's Jewishness", The Musical Quarterly, vol. 94, no. 4, Winter 2011, 548–592
- Margaret Campbell, 1981, The Great Violinists, Doubleday, Garden City, New York. (Has a chapter on Joachim)
- Berthold Litzmann, 1913, Clara Schumann: An Artist's Life based on material found in Diaries and Letters, Translated from the fourth German edition by Grace E. Hadow, MacMillan, London.
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- http://www.josephjoachim.com – A website dedicated to the life and music of Joseph Joachim.
- Joseph Joachim's autograph and handwritten note to Marianne Scharwenka (Violinist and wife of Philipp Scharwenka)
- Bach Adagio G minor played by Joseph Joachim 1903 on YouTube
- Joachim Romanze in C played by Joseph Joachim 1903 on YouTube
- Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 played by Joseph Joachim 1903 on YouTube
- Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 2 played by Joseph Joachim 1903 on YouTube
- Short biography of Joseph and Amalie Joachim
- Free scores by Joseph Joachim at the International Music Score Library Project