Johan Arnold Dahmen was christened on 9 March 1766 in the Hague, and died in London on 3 September 1812. He was a Dutch violoncello and viola da gamba virtuoso, who probably moved from the Netherlands to Britain in November 1791. Haydn and Salomon visited Cambridge in that month to hear him, and he was engaged to play in their famous London subscription concert series. Dahmen made his debut as a soloist in those concerts in February 1792, and would maintain social and business connections with Salomon until his death. He performed many of his own works at concerts in London and in the north of England (particularly Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Liverpool and Manchester). He was a prolific composer, but his chamber and vocal music has preferentially survived. Many pieces were published in London and on the continent.
"Eleven Sacred Songs and Two Chorusses in Score" (published c.1807).
Dedicated to the Church of England. "The words chiefly taken from the Psalms."
Orchestral anthem for STB soloists plus SATB choir, violins 1 & 2, viola, violoncello, bass and keyboard (piano).
Total time: c.35 minutes.
Full score: £10.
(Parts also available.)
(Some numbers were recorded for the CD "Haydn & his English Friends" (Hyperion CDA67150)).
Sundry chamber music
Seven String Quartets
Twelve String Trios
Six String & Wind Trios.
Fifteen Violoncello Duets.
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