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 poet, conductor, composer and music critic.


Julie Reisserová was born in Prague. She studied piano with Adolf Mikeš and dramatic singing with Richard Figar, but developed voical strain so took the exams to became a language teacher instead. From 1919-1921 she studied composition in Prague with Josef Bohuslav Foerster. She continued her studies in Bern with Ernst Hohlfeld, and also studied conducting in Paris with Albert Roussel and Nadia Boulanger.

In 1921 she married Czech diplomat John Reisser (b. 1891) and moved with him to Swizerland (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.[1]

Reisserová translated the Czech language version of Le testament de la tante Caroline (Aunt Caroline's Will) an operetta by composer Albert Roussel and librettist Nino (Michel Veber). The opera premiered on 14 november 1936 in Olomouc and reprised on 18 April 1937 in Prague. [2] [3]


Orchestral music:

  • Suite for Orchestra, 1928
  • Maritimo Pastorale for orchestra, 1933
  • Early spring, 1936

Piano pieces:

  • Esquisses, for solo piano
  • Musikforlag, 1935
  • Deux Allegros (manuscript)

Vocal music:

  • March, a song cycle with orchestra, piano, 1934
  • Under the snow (sous la neige), 1936 - song cycle with piano to texts of Chinese poetry
  • Gala Day, for women's choir 1936, dedicated to Františka Plamínková

In 1934 she also published a book of poetry In Margin Vitae including poems written in Czech, German, French and English.


  1. ^ Grove, Sir George; Blom, Eric (1954). Grove's dictionary of music and musicians: Volume 7.
  2. ^ "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. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ 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.

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