Category: Programming

Georg Hausmann and Beethoven’s chamber music

Chamber Works by Beethoven in performances that included Georg Hausmann <ul> <li> Sonatas (unspecified) (Vienna, 1858) </li> <li> Trio (unspecified) (1839, 1850) </li> <li> Op. 1 #3 C minor Piano Trio (1843; 1856 with Ludwig Ries) </li> <li> Op. 20 Septet (1838) </li> <li> Op. 29 String Quintet, (1850; 1851; 1853; 1860 with Carl Deichmann, […]

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The physiological consequences of too much music

An overactive musical life of too many concerts has consequences. For Berlin musicians in 1907, especially soloists who routinely performed three concertos in a row and gave multiple concerts in the major cities every year, performance-related injuries must have been inevitable. I was interested, therefore, when I ran across a pamphlet from 1904 on “Überanstrengung […]

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Concerts in March and April 1907

March Highlights In March there were 135 concerts, of which there were 25 piano, 19 orchestral, 16 chamber, 9 violin, and 33 voice recitals. There were 16 choral concerts, more than usual because of Easter on March 31. During Holy Week there were performances of both Mendelssohn oratorios and both Bach Passions. There were four […]

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The Berlin Philharmonic’s Popular Concerts, 1882-1934

From the beginning, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra distinguished between their main offerings and their “popular” concerts. Popular was the general term for cheaper concerts, and these were usually priced at 1 M., at least before World War One. Besides being cheap, these concerts were also tremendously popular for over fifty years. The concerts were held […]

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When did virtuosos stop playing their own concertos?

In the nineteenth century, it was common for virtuosos to also compose works for themselves to play. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was less common, but there are still plenty of impressive examples. Pianist Eugen d’Albert not only composed for himself but also wrote operas and other works in almost every genre. […]

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The “standard” of three concertos on a concert

One feature of concert life in 1907 Berlin was the standard of three concertos for a concert given by a soloist. This would be unthinkable today because of the stamina required for both the performer and the audience, and because the lack of variety would be unappealing. After backtracking concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic to […]

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Concerts in February 1907

Highlights There were 114 concerts this month. 38 were solo vocal, 25 solo piano, 10 chamber and 8 solo violin.  Noteworthy events besides the two concerts by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler on the same day and the terrible ship wreck that involved the German Opera Company, included again a phenomenal number of historic personalities […]

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