Johann Armsheimer

Tchaikovsky Research

German-born ballet composer and conductor (b. 19 March 1860 [N.S.] in Dresden; d. 1933 in Leningrad), born Johann Josef Armsheimer; known in Russia as Ivan Ivanovich Armsgeymer (Иван Иванович Армсгеймер).

Armsheimer spent his formative years studying at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, later becoming a trumpet and cornet player with the Mariinsky Theatre orchestra. His compositional talents were mainly directed towards the ballets, although his oeuvre also included overtures, cantatas and romances. He also was the author of a textbook on instrumentation.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Johann Armsheimer has survived, dating from 1891, and has been translated into English on this website:

2 letters from Armsheimer to Tchaikovsky, both dating from 1891, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 109–110).

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