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Thomas Tellefsen at the Trondheim Theatre

Thomas Tellefsen performed publicly for the first time in Trondheim in the first half of 1842, before leaving for Paris. That spring, he gave four concerts – all of them at the theatre. Their programmes included many virtuoso pieces popular at that time, such as a concerto by Hummel, a fantasy by Herz and Kalkbrenner’s Grand Concerto, all with orchestra. Tellefsen also played a prelude and fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as his own variations on “national themes”.

Also during his visits to his home town after 1842, Tellefsen gave the majority of his concerts at the theatre. During his first visit in Norway, in 1843, he gave a concert on 1 August with the famous violinist Ole Bull. Tellefsen played a Thalberg fantasy on themes of Rossini and Bull performed his own Polacca Guerriera. The composer and the violinist met often in Paris. In 1860, they had an argument about political issues, which brought an end to their friendship.

Tellefsen’s breakthrough in Norway came in 1855. Concerts in Trondheim were played to full houses, and the composer received accolades for his playing. In 1857, so many people wanted to attend that the audience filled the whole auditorium, including the galleries, the orchestra pit and the stage, behind the musicians.

Place Category
Charlotte Thygeson (1811–1872) – a student of Kalkbrenner A student in France (1842–1849), Flats
Chopin and Tellefsen in London Flats, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Christiania Theater Appearances, Concerts in Christiania and Stockholm
Concerts at the Royal Opera in Stockholm Appearances, Concerts in Christiania and Stockholm
Concerts in Le Havre and Honfleur Appearances, A student in France (1842–1849)
England and Scotland (1849) Manors / Palaces / Castles, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
England and Scotland (1851) Appearances, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Honfleur A student in France (1842–1849), Education
Latin School in Trondheim Education, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
London (1870–1873) Appearances, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Masonic lodge in Christiania (Oslo) Appearances, Concerts in Christiania and Stockholm
Matthäus Nagiller (1815–1874) A student in France (1842–1849), Education
Napoléon Henri Reber A student in France (1842–1849), Education
Ole Andreas Lindeman Flats, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
Ole Andreas Lindeman – organist at the Church of Our Lady Churches / Places of worship, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
Princess Marcelina Czartoryska Education, Manors / Palaces / Castles, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
Scotland (1850) Flats, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Scotland: July-September Flats, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland and Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen Flats, Thomas Tellefsen in Great Britain
Tellefsen’s choice of piano Appearances, A student in France (1842–1849)
Tellefsen and early music Appearances, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
Tellefsen – chamber musician Appearances, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
Tellefsen – composer Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
Tellefsen – pianist Appearances, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
Tellefsen – publisher Mature years in Paris 1849–1874, Publishers / Bookshops
Tellefsen – student of Chopin A student in France (1842–1849), Education
Tellefsen – teacher Education, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
The Rothschilds Education, Mature years in Paris 1849–1874
The Tellefsens' house Flats, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
Thomas Tellefsen at the Trondheim Theatre Appearances, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
Trondheim Cathedral Churches / Places of worship, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim
Trondheim Music Society Appearances, Tellefsen’s Childhood in Trondheim