19 April 1907

The only concert tonight is a popular concert of the Mozart-Saal Orchestra. The program is all Beethoven: Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, the third Leonore Overture, and the complete music to Goethe’s Egmont. The Philharmonic did the Egmont music on a popular concert just two days ago! I wonder what is going on. (The Mozart-Saal Orchestra is in its last days–it will not return for the fall season.)

Some short items of musical news in the papers today:
Saint-Saëns wrote a letter to the Berlin papers describing his recent visit. He praises the Kaiser’s musical knowledge and compares the experience of Salome to being in a torture chamber.

Ferruccio Busoni will begin teaching the piano masterclass at the Vienna Conservatory this fall. Since he will only teach one day every two weeks, he will keep his home here in Berlin.

Alexander Zemlinsky’s time as first Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper has ended after three years. After his last performance last week, he was called out at least 25 times. One wonders what will happen to the Volksoper now that he is gone; he was that theater’s heart and soul.

The Ring cycle begins at the Königliche Oper. Richard Strauss is conducting Das Rheingold tonight.
Komische Oper: Die Neugierigen Frauen
Theater des Westens: Die Lustige Witwe
Lortzing: Martha
Central: Der lustige Krieg or Die Fledermaus, depending on which paper you read
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche

Tonight, for the first time in Germany: Indian dances performed by Tilly Piloty von Kaulbach. Part One: the Incense Dance, Part Two: Sacrificial Dance. Featured beforehand: Emir the wonder horse (not pictured).

In Berliner Leben 1907


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  1. You wonder what was happening with two Egmonts so close together… I have often noticed the very strange phenomenon that one doesn’t hear a piece for many many years on the radio, and then suddenly, every station one tunes to is playing it, like recently, the Brahms Double Concerto, and just last week, the dances from the Bartered Bride. It was so bizarre.

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