Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy it was to do the Tanka Kukai "winter love" it was an experiment to do this tanka kukai, but I think it has become a nice kukai and it is my pleasure to announce our first winner of this Tanka Kukai:
The winner is: Xenia Tran with the following tanka:
a warm path
from eye to heart
soft glow of the low sun
blows a silent kiss
© Xenia Tran
|Emilie Mayer (1812-1883)|
On August 28, 1840, her life took a sudden turn: Emilie Mayer's father fatally shot himself, 26 years to the day after he buried Emilie's mother.
In 1841, she moved to the regional capital city of Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland), and sought to study composition with Carl Loewe, a central figure of the musical life of the city. Author Marie Silling, writes concerning this: "The death of her father caused her first deep sorrow; in order to numb this pain, she buried herself in work. She went to Szczecin and became Loewe‘s student. After a challenging test he said in his crafty manner: "You actually know nothing and everything at the same time! I shall be the gardener who helps the talent that is still a bud resting within your chest to unfold and become the most beautiful flower!" Emilie always considered it important to be thrifty in her own life but was continually giving to the needs of others. When, for these reasons, she asked Löwe whether she could share the composition lessons with other female pupils, he answered: "such a God-given talent as hers had not been bestowed upon any other person he knew." This statement filled her with the greatest thankfulness throughout her whole life and obliged her to work extremely hard."
In 1847, after the premiere of her first two symphonies (C minor and E minor) by the Stettin Instrumental Society, she moved to Berlin to continue her compositional studies. Once in Berlin, she studied fugue and double counterpoint with Adolph Bernhard Marx, and instrumentation with Wilhelm Wieprecht.
She began publishing her works (e.g. lieder and chants, op. 5-7 in 1848) and performing in private concerts. Then on April 21, 1850, Wieprecht led his "Euterpe" orchestra in a concert at the Royal Theater exclusively presenting compositions by Emilie Mayer. With critical and popular acclaim, she continued composing works for public performance. She traveled to attend performances of her works, including to Cologne, Munich, Lyon, Brussels and Vienna.
Emilie Mayer has composed a lot of music and she was (in my opinion) one of the best female composers of the 19th century. I hope I can inspire you with the following Symphony;
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 24th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Symphony No. 4 Op. 50 by Johanna Senfter, later on.