“Early Music” in 1907

  1. The Societe des Concerts d’Instruments anciens from Paris visited.
  2. Choral Music
    1. There was a “Verein für Klassische Kirchenmusik” which performed Palestrina.
    2. Bach Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas, B minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion
  3. La Serva Padrona or “Die Magd als Herrin” was premiered. The same singer also did Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.”
  4. Singers
    1. The opera tenor Franz Naval gave a recital of Durra (MS) Scarlatti, and Pergolese.
    2. Klara Erler, soprano: Scarlatti, Veracini
    3. Elena Gerhardt, soprano, with Piano Trio: Rameau


The 22-year-old Otto Klemperer and the violinist Alessandro Certani played from manuscript copies of 18th century Italian composers.
Other violinists programmed Couperin, Handel, Buxtehude, Bach, Locatelli, Tartini, Nardini, Vitali, Leclair, and Veracini.
Fritz Kreisler was the only one to play a Vivaldi concerto at this point–but it turns out this was one of his own compositions that he had passed off as being part of some early music manuscripts he had discovered.
Mozart’s “7th” Violin Concerto was also discovered and premiered in 1907.

Piano arrangements or transcriptions of Bach by Busoni, Godowsky, and d’Albert were prevalent at this time. 

  1. Godowsky: Renaissance Settings, Book II:  Pastorale (Corelli), Courante (Lully), Menuet (Schobert), Sarabande (Rameau)
  2. Michael von Zadora played an arrangement of an organ concerto by W.F. Bach.


Orchestral: Bach, Handel

Bach Cello Suites:

  1. Elsa Ruegger, 5th Suite
  2. Malkin played C major Bach suite;
  3. Carlo Guaita also played one

Bach for violin:

  1. Robert Imandt (Double Concerto)
  2. Kreisler (E minor concerto)
  3. Wittenberg (A minor concerto)
  4. Betty Tennenbaum, Jacques Thibaud (E major concerto)
  5. Michel de Sicard, Jacques Thibaud (Chaconne)

Christian Sinding’s Suite in A minor “in the old style” (1888)  was performed by 16-year-old Mischa Elman on a December 5th concert and also by 18-year-old Efrem Zimbalist in November. This three movement “suite” hearkens back to Vivaldi with some other styles thrown in. It’s still played as a virtuosic show piece.

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One thought on ““Early Music” in 1907

  1. Hilarious is exactly right. My favorite is the top comment on the YouTube site from Lpo. Reminds me of Joseph II’s alleged comment to Mozart: too many notes.

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