Amanda Röntgen-Maier

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Amanda Röntgen-Maier

Amanda Röntgen-Maier (19 February 1853 – 15 July 1894) was a Swedish violinist and composer. She was the first female graduate in music direction from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1869.[1]

Biography[edit]

Amanda Maier was born into a musical home in Landskrona and discovered her musical talent early. Her first instruction in violin and piano was from her father. At the age of sixteen, Maier began studying at the Royal School of Music in Stockholm, where she studied violin, organ, piano, cello, composition and harmony.[2]

Maier performed violin concerts in both Sweden and abroad. She continued to study composition from Reinecke and Richter at the Conservatory of Leipzig and violin from Engelbert Röntgen, concert master at Gewandhaus Orchestra in the same city. During this time she composed a violin sonata, a piano trio and a violin concerto for orchestra. Her violin concerto was premiered in 1875 with Maier as soloist and received good reviews.

In Lepzig she met the German-Dutch pianist and composer Julius Röntgen (1855–1932), her violin teacher's son. After his father died, the couple married in 1880 in Landskrona and moved to Amsterdam. The marriage ended Amanda's public appearances, but the couple continued to arrange musical salons and music performances in Europe of Rubinstein, Joachim and Brahms.

In 1887 Röntgen-Maier became ill with tuberculosis. During her illness, the couple stayed in Nice and Davos. Her final composition was a piano quartet on a trip to Norway 1891. She died in 1894 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[3]

Works[edit]

Selected works include:

  • Sonata in B Minor for Violin and Piano (publisher: Musikaliska Konstföreningen, Stockholm, 1878)
  • Six Pieces for Piano and Violin (Publisher: Breitkopf & Hartel, Leipzig, 1879)
  • Dialogues: Small Piano Pieces (with Julius Röntgen, Publisher: Breitkopf & Hartel, Leipzig, 1882)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unjustly Neglected Composers: Amanda Maier". Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (2001). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians, Volume 21. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Aaron I. (1987). International encyclopedia of women composers: Volume 2. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 

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