Category: Joachim Quartet

9 May 1907

Bonn, Beethovenhalle, Kammermusikfest 1907 The concert season of 1907 is over, but summer festivals are beginning. The chamber music festival at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn took place every other year in May. The 1907 festival ran from 5-9 May. Joachim was the lifetime honorary President of the Beethoven-Haus Verein, and his Quartet had been at […]

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6 April 1907

The last Joachim Quartet concert in Berlin Postponed in March due to Joachim’s illness, the last Joachim Quartet concert of the season will take place tonight in the Singakademie. Emanuel Wirth will be rejoining the group on viola for the first time this season after multiple eye operations. I wonder how many realize it is […]

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The String Quartet’s past and future in Vienna

When the Joachim Quartet came to Vienna for the last time in March 1907, giving the complete Beethoven Quartets in five concerts, the event was appreciated all the more in the wake of three recent concerts of Schoenberg’s works, including the premiere of the String Quartet in D minor, op. 7. The conservative critic writing […]

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The Second Violinist

In her book Muss es sein?: Leben im Quartett, Sonia Simmenauer, a concert agent who managed many famous quartet ensembles, described the second violinist as the most problematic of the four players: three–a triangle–is more stable. With two violinists, the relationship between the two is always in question.  Karl Halir (1859-1909) was fated to have […]

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Paradoxically Popular Art Music

What made Berlin so special as a city for music? Was it true that art music was appreciated more or better than in other cities? Are there material circumstances that account for it, or was it a self-fulfilling prophecy, part of an ideology of German identity? One aspect of Berlin’s concert life was remarked upon […]

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What made the Joachim Quartet special: Leipzig visits in the 1880s

Contemporary reviews Reviews in the musical press for the Quartet’s concerts outside of Berlin are quite consistent in the 1880s, and bear out the points made by Moser’s biography. The Quartet’s concerts in Leipzig were in 1881, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1896, 1898, and 1899. The first visit to the Leipzig Gewandhaus on November 26, 1881 made […]

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What made the Joachim Quartet Special II

Andreas Moser’s biography of Joachim addresses this question. Since Joachim had quite a bit of say in what he wrote, it is interesting to read the list of special qualities: Joachim’s confidence in his interpretation. “If there was ever an artist who knew what he wanted, it was Joachim.” This came partly from his training and […]

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