Composers / Thomas Tellefsen / Places catalog

Honfleur

On a return trip from Paris, after visiting his homeland, probably in the autumn of 1843, Tellefsen had a chance encounter on a street in Le Havre with his compatriot, the assessor Peter Hersleb Smith. Smith encouraged the young composer to join him on a visit to his friend, the Norwegian consul, Jens Thiis (1809–1887), in Honfleur. Thiis had a timber transport company and was both a successful businessman and a music lover. This acquaintance brought Tellefsen good friends in the persons of Thiis and his family, who supported him over the years in numerous ways. Thiis made sure that Tellefsen found employment as a piano teacher with the best families in the city, and those lessons gave Tellefsen enough financial security to allow him to spend the rest of the year in Paris. His summer stays in Honfleur became his annual routine until the 1950s.

At the Thiises’, Thomas Tellefsen met a French woman, Sophie Laporte, who first became his student, and later his lover. We have no biographical information about her, but it seems that she was very affluent. Tellefsen dedicated to her his Mazurkas, Op. 1, published in 1846. It may have been Sophie Laporte who presented Tellefsen with the Erard piano later auctioned during a lottery concert in Christiania in 1847. The composer stayed in Honfleur also in 1848, after the February Revolution, and before his departure to London at the end of April, as well as several months later, in September, when – on his return from Scotland – he performed in Sophie’s house. Rumour has it that the couple planned to get married, but for reasons unknown the relationship ended around 1850.

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