André Robberechts

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Medallion on André Robberechts' tomb in Montmartre, Paris.

André Robberechts (16 December 1797 - 23 May 1860) was a Belgian violinist and violin teacher active in France and Belgium. He was only briefly employed at the Brussels Royal Conservatory.

Biography

André Robberechts was born in Brussels on 16 December 1797 and began studying violin with Corneille Vander Plancken, the first violinist of the city theater. On 15 June 1810 he performed a violin concerto at the age of 12 in the Monnaie. In 1814 Robberechts enrolled in the Paris conservatory and obtained his accessit de violon a few months after which the conservatory was closed due to the invading forces which deposed Napoleon. Robberechts continued his studies sporadically with Pierre Baillot before returning to Brussels sometime around 1815. In 1816 Robberechts played for Giovanni Battista Viotti who was travelling through Brussels. Robberechts spent the next four years travelling and performing together with Viotti. In 1820 Robberechts obtained the position of first violinist to the king of the Netherlands William I. According to Fétis, Charles-Auguste de Bériot was thankful for the advice that he received from Robberechts during this period. Fétis says that Robberechts left Belgium in 1830 for Paris due to the political situation and resulting revolution, however he is listed as a teacher at the Brussels Conservatory for a brief time between August and December 1834. The archives of the conservatory indicate that Robberechts refused his position but further explanation has not yet been found. The title page of his opus 15 names him honorary first violin to the kings of the Netherlands and France. His obituary says that he taught free lessons to those who asked him. He died in 23 May 1860 in Paris and is buried in Montmartre cemetery, the medallion on his grave was paid for by his students.

Teachers

Teaching

  • 1834 - Brussels Royal Conservatory

Notable Students

Works

Works with opus numbers

  • 2 - Trois mélodies (B-Bc 61.477)
  • 15 - Polonaise (US-NYr)
  • 17 – Fantaisie romantique pour le violon avec accompagement d’orchestre ou de quatuor ou de piano (GB-Lbl)
  • 18 – Morceau de concert pour 2 violons concertants et piano (F-Pn)
  • 19 – 2 Mélodies pour violon et piano (F-Pn)
  • 20 – Les Adieux. Duo dramatique pour violon et piano (F-Pn)
  • 47 – Grand Duo pour piano et violon (F-Pn) – Fétis says this is Opus 21

Works without opus numbers

  • B-Bc 61365
  • B-Bc 61366
  • B-Bc 61367
  • B-Bc 61368
  • Boléro pour le violon avec accompagnement de piano (F-Pn)
  • 2 Canzona (F-Pn)
  • Duo concertant pour piano et violon sur des thêmes choisis de La dame blanche (CND-Tu)
  • Invitation à la Valse (GB-Lb, F-Pn)
  • 2 Mélodies (GB-Lb)

Works with Amédée Méreaux


Works with Wojciech Sowinski

  • 47 - Grand duo pour piano et violon (F-Pn)

Lost works

  • Opus 1 – Air varié pour violon et piano avec introduction et finale
  • Opus 3–6
  • Opus 7 – Romance variée
  • Opus 8
  • Opus 9 – Romance variée
  • Opus 10 – Variations brillantes sur un thème original
  • Opus 11
  • Opus 12 – Deux mélodies, l’Espagnole et la Pastorale, pour violon avec accompagnement de piano
  • Opus 13–14
  • Opus 16
  • Opus 17 – Fantaisie romantique pour violon et orchestre avec de nouveaux effets des sons harmoniques
  • Grand Fantaisie pour orchestre et chœur
  • Grand Polonaise en la pour violon
  • Romances avec accompagnement de piano
  • Mélodies pour piano
  • Fleur de lis
  • Pastorale pour hautbois ou violon solo et orchestre


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