Achron, Joseph

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Joseph Achron was influential in the real of Hebrew music. He was born in May of 1886 in Losdseje, Russia. He began studying violin with his father, who’d supposedly made his violin, and then in Warsaw with Sergei (Sergey) Mikhailovich Lyapunov, Successor of Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai at the Imperial Chapel, and son of Mikhail Vasilyevich Lyapunov, an astronomer. In 1894, Achron studied with Isadore Lotto for five years, after which he went on to learn from Leopold Auer. 

Before Mr. Achron was drafted into the army in Russia, he joined the Kharkov royal conservatory, and was one of the founders of the Society for Hebrew Folk Music. More information can be found about it here:

The aforementioned Sergei Lyapunov composed an interesting violin concerto in D minor, op. 61: are compositions Achron dedicated to notable musicians.

Violin concerto in G, op.60 dedicated to Jascha Heifetz in mid-1920s:

Two compositions dedicated to Leopold Auer:Suite for violin and piano ‘en style moderne’ No. 2 op.22 in A minor (1906). This is a 5-movement composition:

and ‘Coquetterie ’ or Coquetry op.15, a little piece in A major for violin and piano from 1905:

Although short, it is quite demanding – high positions, double stops, and harmonics.Achron had written cello music as well that is quite stunning:Fragment mystique, for cello and piano in B minor, Op.43. Based on a Hebrew theme. (1917/1926)Sheet music:


Originaly an orchestral piece but arranged for violin and piano in dedication to Joseph Szigeti, ‘Stempenyu’ 3-part suite. Stempenyu is a character in a Jewish romance novel from 1888 by Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (nicknamed Sholem Aleichem), who plays Klezmer violin:

Additionally, he arranged piano pieces for piano and violin including ‘Liebestraume’ by Franz Liszt, Scherzo-Impromptu from Edvard Grieg’s ‘Moods’, and Robert Schumann’s ‘Bilder aus Osten’.