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Ron, Johan (Jean) Martin de

Birgit Kjellström

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Stockholm, Nov 13, 1789; d Lisbon, Feb 20, 1817). Swedish merchant, composer and chamber musician. He worked for his father’s banking and shipping firm in Stockholm, and spent much of his short life on business trips to Amsterdam, Viborg, Dublin and Lisbon. He was a capable bassoonist and violinist, and studied composition with J.N. Eggert. According to his obituary he introduced some of the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Lisbon. He was also a contributor to the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, and among his articles is one on music in Portugal (xviii/26, 1816). De Ron’s compositions were influenced by Eggert and Beethoven; his harmonic style is similar to that of his contemporaries Spohr and Weber. Many of his works display an independence and artistic maturity that is remarkable in view of his amateur status and early death. In his chamber music and certain songs he experimented with new means of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic expression, although his technique is formally less advanced than his fellow Eggert student Erik Drake....

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Subjects: Music of the Classical Period

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