German pianist; born at Mannheim. Dec. 27, 1813; died at Baden-Baden March 21, 1894. A one-act piece of his entitled "Der Besuch im Irrenhauses" was very successfully produced at Frankfort-on-the-Main, Dec. 29, 1834, and was frequently repeated, notably at Weimar under the leadership of Hummel. His second opera, "Liswenna," was less fortunate. In 1837 Rosenhain went to London. On his return he settled in Paris, where, in conjunction with J. B. Cramer, he established a school of pianoforte-playing. Upon the completion of his third opera, "Volage et Jaloux," which was produced at Baden, Aug. 3, 1863, Rosenhain permanently retired from the operatic stage in order to devote himself more exclusively to instrumental music.

Among his principal compositions in this field may be mentioned: symphony in G minor; symphony in F minor; symphony, "Im Frühling." His brother Eduard (German pianist and teacher; born at Mannheim Nov. 18, 1818; died at Frankfort-on-the-Main Sept. 6, 1861) published a serenade for cello and piano.

  • Grove, Dict.of Music and Musicians;
  • Schilling, Universal Lexikon der Tonkunst;
  • Mendel, Musikalisches Conversations-Lexikon.
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