Sobolewski, Edouard

1808-1872

 

Dramatic composer and conductor; born at Konigsberg. He became a pupil of Weber in Dresden, was later conductor at a theatre in his native town but resigned to devote himself entirely to a singing society which he had founded. He resumed his former post at Konigsberg in 1847, but again resigned to become conductor in Bremen. He remained in that city from 1854 to 1858. An opera of Sobolewski's, entitled Comola, was produced under Liszt's direction at Weimar and was a success. In 1859 he came to the United States and settled in Milwaukee, where he wrote an opera on an American subject, entitled Mohega, Flower of the Forest, which was performed in that city in 1859 with fair success. Sobolewski next went to St. Louis, where he conducted a singing society founded by himself, and where he contributed much to the musical life of the city. He died in 1872, two years after the Philharmonic Society, which he had founded, had ceased to exist. Besides the operas already mentioned, he wrote among others, Imogen; Velledo; and Salvator Rosa; a symphony, North and South; cantatas with orchestra; hymns and male choruses.