Joseffy, Rafael

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Hungarian pianist Rafael Joseffy was born in Hunfal on July 3, 1852 and died in New York on June 25, 1915. His youth was spent in Miskolcz, where he began to study the piano at the age of eight. After further studies in Budapest he entered the Leipzig Conservatory (1866), where he was taught chiefly by E.F. Wenzel, though he also had a few lessons from Moscheles. From 1868 to 1870 he studied with Tausig in Berlin, and he spent the summers of 1870 and 1871 in Weimar taking lessons from Liszt. He first performed publicly in Berlin in 1870; soon he was giving concerts in most of the large European cities. In a review of 1874 Hanslick admired his brilliant technique but found his playing cold. Joseffy made his American debut in New York in 1879, playing concertos by Chopin and Liszt in addition to solo items, and then settled in the USA. He toured with Theodore Thomas and his orchestra, and gave many recitals, being one of the first to perform Brahms' works regularly. From 1888 to 1906 he taught the piano at the National Conservatory in New York. In his youth he composed some salon pieces, a set of lieder and numerous arrangements of works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin and others; but he was much better known for his editions of Chopin's works (15 volumes) and of studies by Czerny, Henselt, Schlozer and Moscheles; he also wrote a valuable of School of Advanced Piano Playing (New York, 1902).

From the guide to the Rafael Joseffy Music and Personal Papers, 1899-1905, 1899-1905, (The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music)

Pianist.

From the description of Letter, 1900 May 11, Tarrytown, N.Y. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80549843

Hungarian pianist.

From the description of Autograph note signed on his visiting card : [n.p., n.d], to an unidentified director, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270693455

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Glenn, John Carter. The John Carter Glenn collection, 1886-1912 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Love family. The Love family papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. Liszt zweite Rhapsodie Cadenz / R.J. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn The John Carter Glenn Collection, 1886-1912 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Anka, Paul. Musicians Collection, 1727-1981, (bulk 1900-1940). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn The Love Family Papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. [Sketches for Five Hungarian melodies] University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Auer, Leopold, 1845-1930. Autograph letter signed, dated : St. Petersburg, 17 April 1891, to an unidentified compatriot, 1891, 17 April. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956 (inclusive), 1883-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. Letter, 1900 May 11, Tarrytown, N.Y. J. Paul Getty Center, Arts Archives
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. Autograph note signed on his visiting card : [n.p., n.d], to an unidentified director, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Wilhelm Gericke papers, 1876-1940. Houghton Library
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. [Selections (Sketches) / Rafael Joseffy] New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Musicians Collection TXRC99-A17., 1727-1981, (bulk 1900-1940) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. Czardás no. 2 / R.J. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Joseffy, Rafael, 1852-1915. [Cadenza for Liszt's Rhapsodie hongroise no.1]. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Glenn, John Carter. The John Carter Glenn collection, 1886-1912 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Goldmark, Rubin, 1872-1936. Klavierquartette : für Klavier, Violine, Bratsche & Cello : opus 9 / von Rubin Goldmark. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Rafael Joseffy Music and Personal Papers, 1899-1905, 1899-1905 The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
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associatedWith Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937 person
associatedWith Auer, Leopold, 1845-1930. person
correspondedWith Gericke, Wilhelm, 1845-1925 person
associatedWith Glenn, John Carter. person
associatedWith Goldmark, Rubin, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith John Carter Glenn person
associatedWith Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886. person
associatedWith Love family. family
associatedWith Lucy Prindle Love and Helen Love Scranton person
associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
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Piano music--Cadenzas
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Birth 1852-07-03

Death 1915-06-25

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