Personalities | Eugen D’Albert | Turn of the Century | Opera
Born in Glasgow, D’Albert’s parents were German, with French blood. D’Albert eventually took Swiss nationality but not before he had studied with Arthur Sullivan in London, Hans Richter in Vienna and Liszt in Weimar. D’Albert was a prolific composer and completed some 20 operas of widely differing styles and subjects. His most publicly successful work is Tiefland (1903). Written using many of the traits and techniques of the Italian veristic tradition, it is a strong work that was quickly taken up by opera houses across Europe following its premiere in Prague’s Neues Deutsches Theater in 1903. The main focus of D’Albert’s musical life was a career as a pianist and teacher. Although he composed many other works following Tiefland, none was to meet with the same success.
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