Today, Kalliwoda's compositions are nearly forgotten. But works like "Morceau de Salon" exude humor and charm. The audience at the Schumann House in Bonn found this piece especially absorbing.
Inspired Oboe 3
Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda:
Morceau de Salon for oboe and piano
Philippe Tondre (oboe)
Masako Eguchi (piano)
MP3 recorded by Deutsche Welle (DW) in the Schumann House in Bonn on September 9, 2012
The name Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda is familiar among oboists because his favorite instrument seems to have been the oboe.
Born in 1801 in Prague, the composer served for more than 40 years as orchestral director in the southwestern German city of Donaueschingen. In a music periodical ("Neue Zeitschrift für Musik") co-founded by Robert Schumann, the composer praised Kalliwoda for the tenderness and sweep of his works.
Kalliwoda's "Morceau de Salon" from the year 1859 was, as Philippe Tondre told us, once very popular. "It was played simply everywhere - at the court, in bars. His temperamental melodies really draw you in, while the slow parts are ardent and emotional."