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SALOMAN, SIEGFRIED (originally SALOMON):

Danish violinist and composer; born in Tondern, Sleswick-Holstein, Oct. 2, 1816; died July 22, 1899, on the island of Dalarö, Sweden; brother of Geskel and Nota Saloman. He received instruction in violin-playing from Fröhlich, Paulli, Wexschall, and J. P. E. Hartmann, and when only twelve years old appeared in public at a concert in Copenhagen. In 1838 he received a scholarship which enabled him to travel for three years. He stayed for a time in Dessau, where he studied theory and composition under F. Schnieder, who obtained for him an appointment as first violin in the Hofkapel in that city. In 1841 he went to Dresden, where he studied under Lipinski. In 1842 he published in Hamburg nine booklets of romances and songs.

Returning to Copenhagen in 1843, Saloman lectured, and gave instruction in music, at the same time writing several operas, of which "Tordenskjold i Dynekilen" (1844) and "Diamantkorset" (1847) were the most noteworthy. The latter work was later translated into German, and staged in Berlin and Leipsic, where it met with marked success. In 1847 Saloman again went abroad, and in 1850 his comic opera "Das Korps der Rache" was presented at Weimar, and had a most successful run. In Berlin Saloman was married to the Swedish singer Henriette Nissen, with whom he toured the continent of Europe for several years. In 1867 his opera "Karpathernes Rose" was produced in Moscow.

On the death of his wife (1879) Saloman settled in Stockholm, where he composed several new operas, of which "Flyktningen Frȧn Estrella," "I Bretagne," and "Led ved Lifvet" met with great favor.

Bibliography:
  • C. F. Bricka, Dansk Biografisk Lexicon;
  • Svensk Musiktidning, Sept. 1, 1899.
S. F. C.
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