9 April 1907
The main attraction tonight is the Berlin premiere of Verdi’s Don Carlos by the Monte Carlo Opera Company. I will be interested to read the reviews!
- The singer-actor Ludwig Wüllner is taking out his violin again to play a second “Sonata-Abend” with Coenraad Bos. Besides sonatas by Schubert, Mozart, and Beethoven, he will perform the C minor Sonata, op. 30 by his father, the conductor Franz Wüllner.
- Lisa Meyrówitz will sing lieder by Spohr with obligato instruments, with O. Schubert, clarinet, and G. Kern, oboe, and with Walter Meyrówitz at the piano.
- Emmy Baer’s lieder concert is with Ebba Hjertstedt, violin, and Anna Söhnlein, piano.
- The Philharmonic’s popular concert tonight is a Wagner-Abend, conducted by August Scharrer.
At the other theaters: Komische: Hoffmanns Erzählungen, Lortzing: Waffenschmied; Theater des Westens: Die Lustige Witwe; Central: Wiener Blut ; Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche.
In the Berliner Tageblatt today:
National bicycle regulations. These go into effect next year: a license, a lamp and a bell are required. Other than bicycle paths, other paths can only be used in designated ways. No races. Fines up to 60 Mk.
This item is worth reading in its entirety:
Berliner Tageblatt, Morgen-Ausgabe, 9 April 1907, p. 3.
Proposal for a cinematic archive. Ernst von Bergmann’s voice has been preserved for posterity. A few weeks before his death, the great scholar told a piece of family history into the gramophone, and now one is able to hear over and over the accented Baltic dialect that gave his voice such a distinctive color. It would have been even more interesting and significant for science if one of Bergmann’s operations had been preserved on film so that students of medicine in later times could see how the master surgeon carried out a procedure on a diseased body.
Many countries already preserve the voices of great people for posterity in phonographic archives. Let there now be a call for establishing a comparable cinematic archive, in which films are used like phonographs to capture and preserve interesting and important events. The phonograph has already become more than a toy, and now the cinematograph is also ending its time as a curious device only to be used in a Varieté or a theater for the specific purpose of astounding or entertaining its audience. With the right choice of objects, the moving picture can spread a great deal of knowledge in present times and have extraordinary educational value for the future.
A cinematographic archive would bring about a new era of cultural history. How faded are the best descriptions of the past compared to their preservation in living pictures. How a train departs from one of the big stations, how the fire brigade works, how Leipzigerstraße looks on a busy afternoon, all this and similar moments from history as it develops can be preserved for the people of the future. For instance, if recordings of Berlin were made systematically, even after centuries it could give a clear picture of the state of the Empire’s capital at this time, therefore putting infinitely valuable material into the hands of researchers.
If it were taken up seriously, there could be no limit to the uses for a cinematographic archive. And its uses today are so clear that the proposal only needs to be made in order to interest the appropriate parties.