Joseph Joachim, 1831 – 1907

June 28, 1831– Birthdate of Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor.

Joachim was from Hungarian Jewish family.  He was a close collaborator of Johannes Brahms and is widely regarded as one of the most significant violinists of the 19th century.

Among the most notable of Joachim’s achievements were his revival of Beethoven’s violin concerto, the revival of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, and of Beethoven’s late string quartets.

Joachim’s own compositions are less well known. He gave opus numbers to 14 compositions and composed about an equal number of pieces without opus numbers. Among his compositions are various works for the violin (including three concerti) and overtures to Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Henry IV.  (from Wikipedia)

The West Berlin post office of West Germany issued a 30-pfennig stamp honoring Joachim in 1969 (Scott #9N280):



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