Paul Juon, Biography

1872  Paul Juon is born in Moscow on March 8. His father, Theodor Friedrich Juon, (born Dec. 14 1842 in Goldingen) was the son of a confectioner who had emigrated from Masein (Thusis,Grisons, Switzerland) in 1830. Paul attends the German Primary School in Moscow.
1885 First attempts at composition.
1889 Starts studying the violin with Jan Hrimaly and composition with Sergei Tenejev and Anton Arensky.
1894 'Zwei Romanzen' for voice and piano are printed in Moscow on private initiative.
Studies in composition with Woldemar Bargiel (1828 - 1897) at the 'Musikhochschule' in Berlin .
1896 Marriage to Katharina Schalchalova. 'Mendelssohn Prize' for composition. Professor of Music Theory and Violin at the Conservatory in Baku. Works for the newspaper 'Kaspi' as a music critic. Performance of the Symphony op. 10 in Kislovodsk (North Caucasus) on August 24 and the opera 'Aleko' in Tiflis and Kislovodsk. Both scores still exist but have never been printed.
1898 Juon moves to Berlin. 'Schlesinger'sche Buch- und Musikhandlung' (Robert Lienau) publishes some of his works.
1900 He translates the book 'Practical Studies in Harmony', by his former teacher A. Arensky, into German.
1901 Publication of Juon's 'Practical Harmony'. Scholarship from the Franz-Liszt Foundation. Translation of Modest Tchaikovsy's 'Biography of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky' (2 volumes, Moscow/Leipzig 1903).
1905 Successful performance of the Symphony in A maj. op. 23 in Meiningen with Fritz Steinbacher.
1906 Joseph Joachim appoints him to the chair of composition at the 'Hochschule für Musik' in Berlin where he teaches till 1934. Hans Chemin-Petit, Philipp Jarnach, Heinrich Kaminski and Stefan Wolpe are among his students.
1911 Death of his wife Katharina. They had three children: Ina, Aja, Ralf.
1912 Marriage to Marie (called Armande) Hegner-Günthert, the widow of his friend Otto Hegner in Vevey. Their children are Stella, Irsa and Rémi. First edition of his works in America.
1915-18   Juon works as translater in a prison camp in Heiligenbeil (East Prussia).
1919 Member of the 'Prussian Academy of Arts'. New edition of his Reference book on Harmony.
1922  Together with his brother Eduard he visits Masein, their Swiss home municipality, and receives the confirmation of his civil rights.
1929 Award of the Beethoven Prize to Juon and Josef Haas. Publication of 'Instructions on Modulation'.
1930 First recording of 'Kammersinfonie' op. 27 in England.
1934 Juon retires early and settles in Vevey.
1938 Great success with the first performance of 'Rhapsodische Sinfonie' op. 95 at the 'Reichsmusiktagen Düsseldorf'.
1940 Juon dies on August 21 in Vevey. He is buried in Langenbruck (near Basel, Switzerland). In Zurich, Berlin and other places commemorative concerts are held with 'Sinfonietta capricciosa' op. 98.
1995  Juon's estate comes into the possession of the 'Bibiothèque cantonale et universitaire' in Lausanne, where his entire work and many documents are avai-lable in the 'Fond Paul Juon' (FPJ).
1998  Foundation of the International Juon Society (IJG) and publication of 'Thematisches Werkverzeichnis' by Thomas Badrutt.
2014 Publication of the 3rd, revised and enlarged edition of 'Thematisches Werkverzeichnis'

 

 

Manuskript Frühlingsgruss

"Frühlingsgruss"
One of the earliest surviving manuscripts,
which the 17-year-old Paul Juon dedicated to his mother in 1889.