Julie Reisserová

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Julie Reisserová in 1931

Julie Reisserová née Kühnlova (b. 9 October 1888, d. 25 February 1938, Prague) was a Czech composer and music publicist.


Julie Reisserová was born in Prague. She studied piano with Adolf Mikeš and singing with Richard Figar. From 1919-1921 she studied composition in Prague with Josef Bohuslav Foerster. She continued her composition studies in Bern with Ernst Hohlfeld and with Albert Roussel (1924-1929) and Nadia Boulanger.[1]

In 1921 she married Czech diplomat Jan Reisser (b. 1891) and moved with him to Switzerland (1921–1929), Belgrade (1930–1933) and Copenhagen (1933–1936) while pursuing her career as a composer. Her work was performed in Bern, Paris, Geneva, Copenhagen and in Philadelphia.[2]

Reisserová translated into Czech language Le testament de la tante Caroline (Aunt Caroline's Last Will), the operetta by composer Albert Roussel and librettist Nino (Michel Veber). The operetta premiered on 14 November 1936 in Olomouc and was also staged on 18 April 1937 in Prague.[3][4]

Selected works[edit]

Notable works include:[5]

Orchestral music
  • Suite for Orchestra (Suita pro orchestr), 1928–1931
  • Pastorale Maritime for Orchestra (Pastorale Maritimo pro orchestr), 1933
  • Early spring (Předjaří), 1936
Solo Piano
  • Esquisses, 1935
  • Musikforlag
  • Deux Allegros (lit. "Two Allegros")
Vocal music
  • March (Březen; orchestral songs), 1934
  • Sous la neige (Pod sněhem, lit. "In the Snow"; song cycle for voice and piano), 1936
  • Festive Day (Slavnostní den; for women's choir), 1936, dedicated to Františka Plamínková

In 1934 Reisserová also published In Margin Vitae, a book of her poems written in Czech, German, French and English.


  1. ^ kapralova.org
  2. ^ Grove, Sir George; Blom, Eric (1954). Grove's dictionary of music and musicians: Volume 7. 
  3. ^ "Prague opera premieres" (PDF) (in English and Czech). Opera - quarterly of the Prague State Opera, No. 3 (76). Spring 2008: 35. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Závada, Vilém (1931-10-22). "Skladatelka Julie Reisserová o sobe (Composer Julie Reisserová about herself)" (in Czech). Rozpravy Aventina, Volume 7, No. 6: 34–35. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Karla Hartl. "Women in Czech music". Kaprálová Society. Retrieved 8 March 2016. , republished in: Karla Hartl (2010). "Komponistinnen in Tschechien". In Christel Nies. Entdeckt und uraufgeführt – Komponistinnen und ihr Werk IV (PDF) (in German). Kassel University Press. pp. 232–247. ISBN 978-3-89958-942-9. 

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