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Tellefsen – chamber musician

Apart from his solo performances, in the 1850s and 1860s, Tellefsen regularly performed chamber music with eminent Parisian musicians. They included the cellist Auguste Franchomme and the violinist Charles-Eugène Sauzey. Their repertoire featured works by Viennese Classical composers.

Tellefsen's chamber performances seem to have intensified from the winter of 1853/1854. In later years, he was active in the most renowned Parisian chamber music societies. In the spring of 1854, he performed in a prestigious series of concerts called Musique de chambre par MM. Alard et Franchomme. In 1847, Alard and Franchomme created the Alard Quartet and organised, together with other artists, many chamber music performances. The performances of Tellefsen were discussed several times in 1850 in La Revue et Gazette musicale. Tellefsen and Franchhomme, as well as the composer Charles Gounod, were also active members of Princess Marcelina Czartoryska's chamber music society, called the Club des Mozartistes.

Between the company of chamber musicians among whom Tellefsen was active and the values of French chamber music theory popularised in the nineteenth century, numerous parallels can be observed. These ideas seem to reflect an important trend in French culture, called the juste milieu. This concept was related to the need to establish a stable culture after the times of revolutionary turmoil. The most important part of it was to avoid extreme positions and to select the golden mean (Fr. juste milieu). With regard to the chamber music of that time, the ideal source of inspiration for new compositions were the works of Beethoven from around 1810, which were to lead French instrumental music on a path which was different from the proposed progressive new German music.

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