FELIX. A Polish gentleman, born at Wilna, and in his youth attached to the
court of Stanislaus, King of Poland. His genius for music showed itself at a
very early age, and was so much admired by King Stanislaus that he signified
his desire that every means should be employed for the cultivation of a
talent so remarkable. With this object in view, a liberal pension was
assigned to Yaniewicz, that he might travel in Germany, Italy, and France
for the improvement of his art. Whilst in Paris, where he was particularly
noticed by several members of the royal family, the French revolution broke
out, and soon after the sun of Polish liberty set, perhaps forever. Amidst
the tempest of political commotion which involved the ruin of Stanislaus and
the dismantlement of Poland, Yaniewicz's fortunes were involved in the
general wreck; and in 1792 he went to England, where he remained. There he
married an English lady, by whom he had one son and two daughters. Both his
daughters seemed to inherit their father's musical talent. The eldest,
Felicia, became distinguished as an admirable pianist, possessing great
force, neatness, brilliancy of touch and execution. Her public performances
have been equally creditable to herself and to her father, who was her chief
instructor and the model of her taste. As a singer, her pure and
unpretending style and delicate intonation have given great pleasure to her
hearers in public and in private. The youngest, Pauline, gave great promise
of musical excellence. Yaniewicz was long well known in the musical world as
a very eminent performer on the violin. His style seems to have been more
the result of his own peculiar mode of feeling and expression than any
scholastic imitation or predilection. With great spirit and precision in the
more brilliant passages, there was blended in those of the cantabile
character a strain of amatory feeling and serious tenderness which gave an
indescribable charm to his performance. His tone was pure and equal, his
intonation remarkably exact, and his style free from those unmeaning
harlequinades and flattering flippery embellishments which distigurc the
violin playing of so many performers whose merits are otherwise
considerable. His concertos, trios, duets, and other compositions gave proof
of a fine and cultivated taste."
Complete Encyclopędia of Music : Elementary,
Technical, Historical ..., 1854, p. 998
"The dwelling-houses in Church Street
gradually developed into shops, to some of which I may refer, as having a
history connected with them. [...] At No. 2, on the same side the street,
there was, many years ago, located the firm of Yaniewicz and Weiss,
music-sellers. Mr. Yaniewicz was a Polish musician, very eminent in his day
as a violinist, and especially patronised in Edinburgh. Mr. Weiss was a
German. His son became a professional singer, and obtained a good reputation
as a basso. He died in 1868. The concern was discontinued about 1828."
Topographical, 1873, p. 177
'Pianoforte-maker' music-seller and violinist ca. 1809-48
LOUD & Co (xx1809)
"Notice is hereby foren, that the Partnership
lately subsisting between Thomas Loud, of Devonshire-Street, Queen's-Square,
and Felix Yaniewiez, of Leicester-Square, in the County of Middlesex,
Piano-Forte-Makers, under the Firm of Yaniewiez, Loud, and Co. was this Day
dissolved by mutual content. All the Debts owing by or to the said
Partnership will be paid and received by the said Felix Yaniewiez, in such
manner as agreed between them. - Dated the 11th Day of March 1809. Thos.
Loud. Felix Yaniewiez."
The London Gazette, 14/03/1809, p. 350
(TheGazette.co.uk) - see also
Felix & GREEN John (1811)
"Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership
lately subsisting between Felix Yaniewicz and John Green, Music and Musical
Instrument Sellers, at No. 25, Lord Street, Liverpool, was dissolved by
mutual Consent on the 20th of April 1811. F. Yaniewicz. John Green."
The London Gazette, 15/02/1812, p. 322
Felix & Co (1811)
& WEISS (**1818)(**1828)(untill 1829),
music and musical instrument dealers
"At No. 2, on the same side the street
[Church Street], there was, many years ago, located the firm of Yaniewicz
and Yaniewicz Weiss, music-sellers. Mr. Yaniewicz was a Polish musician,
very eminent in his day as a violinist, and especially patronised in
Edinburgh. Mr. Weiss was a German. His son became a professional singer, and
obtained a good reputation as a basso. He died in 1868. The concern was
discontinued about 1828."
Memorials of Liverpool, Historical and Topographical,
1873, p. 177
"NOTICE is hereby given, that the
Copartnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Felix
Yaniewiez and Willoughby Gasper Weiss, of Liverpool, in the County of
Lancaster, Music-Sellers, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. - All debts
due and owing to or from the said late Partnership will be received and paid
by the said Willoughby Gasper Weiss.-Dated this 1st day of May 1829.
Willoughby Gasper Weiss. F. Yaniewiez."
The London Gazette, 12/05/1829, p. 865
YANIEWICZ in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
"Mariages [...] At Edinburgh, Jackson
Townsend, esq. of Liverpool, to Pauline Frances, youngest dau. of Felix
Yaniewicz, esq. of Edinburgh."
The Gentleman's Magazine, 1844, p. 539
GRAVE of YANIEWICZ in Edinburgh,
"JANIEWIEZ (Yaniewiez), FELIX, born at Wilna
about 1761, died at Edinburgh in 1848. Esteemed fiddler, visited Italy early
in life, then France, and appeared at the concerts spirituals, and at the
Olympian concerts with great success. About 1792 he went to London and
played at Salamon's and Rauzzini's concerts, and was one of the original
thirty members of the Philharmonic Society. In 1815 he settled in Edinburgh.
Compositions : Concertos for violin and orchestra ; Trios for violins."
A biographical dictionary of fiddlers, including
performers on the violoncello and double bass, 1895, p. 141
Square, Middlesex (xx1809),
25, Lord Street (**1812), Lord Street
(***1818), 60, Lord Street (*1824), , Church Street (**1828), Liverpool
84, Great King Street
(**1830)(**1837)(**1843), Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.