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Tellefsen – composer

Thomas Tellefsen left forty-four opuses. Most of his compositions are for solo piano. In terms of style, they are strongly linked to the music of Chopin, as is also suggested by the formal rules he used in composing. Like Chopin, he wrote waltzes, nocturnes and mazurkas. His first collection of mazurkas, Quatre Mazurkas, Op. 1, appeared in print in 1846. Tellefsen was among the first Norwegian composers to use traditional music as a point of departure for many of his compositions. Apart from mazurkas, this is clearly audible in his pieces with titles in Norwegian, such as Huldredandsen, Op. 9, Bruraslaatten, Op. 26 and Walhallafesten, Op. 40.

Tellefsen also wrote two piano concertos. The first, in G minor, Op. 8, was composed in 1848, probably with the supervision and support of Chopin. His Concerto No. 2 in F minor was written in 1853. Both have a traditional three-movement structure. The first movement is based on a double exposition, the middle movement is slow and calm, in a ternary ABA form, while the third movement in both concertos is of a rondo design. For its time, the list of chamber pieces written by Tellefsen is quite abundant. He composed two sonatas for violin and piano, one for cello and piano, one piano sonata and a sonata for two pianos, as well as a piano trio. There is only one fully orchestral piece: an Overture in D major. All his larger works point to Tellefsen’s Classical orientation, which shows in the clear formal rules to which he adheres and the symmetrical structure of phrases in themes. Towards the end of his life, Tellefsen sent his complete published opuses to the libraries in Norway to preserve them for posterity. They are kept in the Gunnerus Library in Trondheim, Ringve Museum of Music in Trondheim and National Library in Oslo.

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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