Sophia Dussek

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Sophia Giustina Dussek (née Corri, later Moralt (b. Edinburgh, 1 May 1775 – d. London, ca. 1831[1]) was a Scottish singer, pianist, harpist, and composer of Italian descent.

She studied voice with her father, composer, music publisher, and impresario Domenico Corri. Her uncle was composer Natale Corri and her cousin was soprano Fanny Corri-Paltoni. She was well known as a soprano and composer of songs.[citation needed]

In 1792, Dussek married the composer Jan Ladislav Dussek. Following Jan's death in 1812, Sophia married the violist John Alvis Moralt. The couple lived in Paddington, where she founded a music school. There have been numerous misattributions of her work, either from ignorance, or refusal to reject received wisdom.[citation needed]

The opus 2 sonatas, however, were published in at least 3 editions in the 1790s by the Corri-Dussek company in London as by Madame Dussek, and there is no reason to doubt that the 6 sonatas of opus 2, including the famous C minor sonata published and misattributed by Schott as by JL, are anything but the work of Sophia. Paris editions of opus 2 published by Pleyell only bear the name Dussek, leading Zabaleta to his misattribution, but nobody actually claimed opus 2 as the work of JL rather than Dussek before the mid-20th century.[citation needed]

Works list[edit]

  • Sonata for pianoforte (harpsichord) with violin or flute, Op. 1 (London, ca. 1793)
  • 3 Sonatas for harpsichord (pianoforte) woth violin, Op. 1 (Paris)
  • Sonata for pianoforte (London, ca. 1805)
  • 3 Sonatas with Scots Airs and Reels for the Adagios & Rondos, Op. 2 (Book I): B-flat, G, C minor (London, Corri & Co., 1794)
  • 3 Sonatas with Scots Airs and Reels for the Adagios & Rondos, Op. 2 (Book II): E-flat, F, C (London, Corri & Co., 1795)
  • 6 Sonatas (Sonatinas): C, F, G, B-flat, F, E (London, 1799), formerly attributed to Jan Ladislav Dussek (Craw d160—d165)
  • A French air with variations (London, Chappel & Co., 1820)
  • "C’est l’amour": A 3rd French air with variations (London, Chappel & Co., 1820)
  • Introduction and March (London, 1822)
  • Variations on God Save the King (London, 1822)
  • "La Chasse": An original rondo (London, Chappel & Co., 1824)
  • at least 7 sets of Favorite Airs (London), some with flute or violin ad libitum
  • arrangements
Harp and piano
  • Duett (London, ca. 1812)
  • Introduction and Waltz (London, 1822)
  • arrangements


Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ The date of 1847 usually given as her death date is actually that of her second husband's death. No death certificate for Sophia is extant, whereas there is a certificate from 1847 for J. Moralt.


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