Tag: Chamber Music

28 March 1907

My list of opera and operetta offerings has been incomplete thus far! This is because the Tageblatt has not been including the Komische Oper or the Lortzing Theater. For tonight, the Komische is doing Hoffmann’s Erzählungen, and Der Troubadour at the Lortzing can be added to Die Lustige Witwe at the Theater des Westens and […]

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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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What does all this information tell us?

After my last post on the music of February 1907, my interlocutor Nicholas wondered why I compile all this information. There are many reasons, but I will point out two things I’ve learned here. I started documenting the music of 1907 as a way to investigate claims made after Joachim’s death that he was out […]

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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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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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Joachim’s chamber music empire in 1907

In the final year of the Joachim Quartet’s concerts, they were as popular as ever. However, they had plenty of local competition, mostly from members of their own Quartet. These were the new Klingler Quartet, the Halir Quartet, which had been playing since 1893, the relatively new Schumann-Halir-Dechert Trio, and the Barth-Wirth-Hausmann Trio, which had been […]

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Quartet concerts, now and then

Although the quartet concerts in 19th-century Berlin seem very similar to our own today, of course there were differences. Terminology, for instance: today all quartets have a name by which they are known, but back then most quartet groups lacked a name to identify them. In the Berlin papers, many of the local chamber groups […]

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