The Legacy of Schumann and Mendelssohn

Artistically fresh. © Charles Thibo

It was on one of those sunny and still warm evenings at the end of March. I walked through our garden and stopped at the cherry tree we planted when our daughter was born. How tall it had become, just like our daughter. And the parallels do not stop there. Both can be characterized by being fragile and sturdy at the time. Its delicate blossoms may occasionally freeze off, but the tree has weathered quite a few storms and is firmly rooted in the ground. My daughter is still vulnerable, but for being only 12 she acts remarkably reasonable. The tree and the girl have both their secrets, which I cannot reveal, but here is a secret I will share with you: Carl Reinecke’s Trio in A Major, op. 264.

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Of Teachers and Students – A Sonata in A Minor

Sunrises – a Romantic indulgence of mine. © Charles Thibo

Is it a personal tragedy when the pupil outdoes the teacher? Or does it fill him with pride? Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) is an unknown unknown. His students however are well-known or at least known unknown composers i.e. unknown by the general public, but a reference for experts like the readers of this blog: Max Bruch, Leos Janacek, Edvard Grieg and Julius Röntgen. I think it is safe to say that Reinecke’s four students outdid their teacher in terms of celebrity. But they rival him in terms of excellence in composition remains to be seen.

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