Ernst Mielck (24 October 1877 – 22 October 1899) was a Finnish composer.
Mielck was born in Vyborg. He started piano lessons at the age of ten; in 1891 he was sent to Berlin, where he studied under Max Bruch, one of the leading composers of the period. Bruch said of Mielck that he had "an easy, felicitous, and remarkable flair for invention." Mielck returned to Finland in 1896. Three years later he died of tuberculosis in Switzerland, just short of his 22nd birthday.
Mielck composed all his works in the short span of four years. His catalogue includes a large number of works in the field of chamber music, including a string quintet and a string quartet. He also composed a symphony (1897), two overtures, a concert piece for piano and orchestra as well as one for violin and orchestra, the Finnish Suite, and two major vocal works in the German language.
Mielck faced disappointment in his home country for the lack—with the exception of the Finnish Suite—of nationalistic (political) tendencies; his interest in the culture of his ancestral Germany made him rather a foreigner in the Finnish music scene.
It was in Germany, shortly before his death, that Mielck found his greatest success.
The enthusiasm aroused in the critics—mainly in Karl Flodin at the "Nya Pressen"—by the premiere of Mielck's symphony, on October 20, 1897, conducted by Robert Kajanus, was a motivation that prompted Sibelius to try his hand at his first symphony.
List of works
By opus number
- op. 1 String quartet in g minor 1895
- op. 2 Ouverture zu Macbeth 1896
- op. 3 String quintet in F major, Op. 3, composed in 1897
- op. 4 Symphony in F-minor, Op.4 (1897)
- op. 5 Altböhmisches Weihnachtslied (Kantate für Chor und Orchester)
- op. 6 Dramatische Ouverture (Dramatic Ouverture) 1898
- op. 7 Altgermanisches Julfest (für Bariton solo, Männerchor und Orchester)
- op. 8 Konzertstück für Geige und Orchester (Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra)
- op. 9 Konzertstück für Piano und Orchester (Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra)
- op 10 Finnische Suite (Finnish Suite) 1899
Without opus number
- Romance for cello and piano, composed in 1894
- 3 Fantasy Pieces on Finnish Polska Motifs 1895
- 'En blomma', 'Morgenlied', 'Stjernorna', 'Wanderlied' for male choir 1897
- Two impromptus for piano, composed in 1899
- Sarabande for piano in G minor, composed in 1899
Songs for voice and piano
- Das Fischermädchen (Text: Theodor Fontane)
- Letzter Wunsch (Text: Julius Sturm)
- Frage (Text: Julius Wolff)
- Heimath (Text: Theodor Fontane)
- Bruch quoted by BBC Radio 3 presenter during Through the Night program of January 31, 2010
- Biography on Toccata
- Some information about Mielck's chamber music provided by Kimmo Korhonen (this link is dead)
- Article about Mielck dd Sep. 2012 by Kimmo Korhonen