Alexander Fesca

Alexander Fesca Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    22nd May 1820
  • Died
    22nd February 1849
  • Birthplace
    Karlsruhe, Germany

Alexander Ernst Fesca was a German composer and pianist. Fesca received his first lessons from his father and made his debut at the age of 11 as a pianist in his hometown. At the age of 14 he graduated in composition at theRoyal Academy of the Arts in Berlin. His teachers included August Wilhelm Bach (1796–1869), Wilhelm Taubert (1811–1891) and Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen (1778–1851). In 1838, he returned to Karlsruhe. He got his first success with the operetta "Mariette" in the same year. Fesca was known during his short life mostly through his songs and piano pieces in which his talent is coupled with a certain musical lightness. This is probably also the reason why some music scholars deny "deeper level" and "artistic seriousness" of his works. In 1841, his opera "The French in Spain" was staged with great success. In the same year, Prince Egon von Furstenberg appointed Fesca as Chamber Virtuoso. From 1842, he settled in Brunswick. In the local court theater on 25 July 1847 was premiered Fescas major work, five-act heroic-romantic opera "Il Trovatore" with a libretto by Frederick Schmetzer. On 22 February 1849, Alexander Ernst Fesca, aged 28, died of lung disease in Braunschweig.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
La Sylphide, Op.19 Fantasy Piano
Fesca-Album Piano piece Piano
Introduction et rondeau espagnol, Op.34 Piano piece Piano 4 hands
2 Piano Quartets, Opp.26, 28 Quartet Chamber group
Piano Quartet No.1, Op.26 Quartet Chamber group
Piano Quartet No.2, Op.28 Quartet Chamber group
Septet No.1, Op.26 Septet Chamber group
6 Lieder, Op.29 Song Voice(s) and Piano
6 Lieder, Op.32 Song Voice(s) and Piano
Lieder, Op.49 Song Voice(s) and Piano
6 Piano Trios Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.1, Op.11 Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.2, Op.12 Trio Piano
Piano Trio No.3, Op.23 Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.4, Op.31 Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.5, Op.46 Trio Chamber group
Piano Trio No.6, Op.54 Trio Chamber group