Tag: Pianists

The stiff-upper-lip school of music

F. S. Kelly (1881-1916), pianist and composer Frederick Septimus Kelly is remembered today as one of the “lost” generation killed in World War I – specifically as part of the Hood Battalion of the Royal Navy, where so many of Britain’s young elite of talent and birth served as officers before being killed. But he […]

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11 April 1907

The Monte Carlo Opera Company presents Théodora, by Xavier Leroux (1863-1919), with the composer conducting this Berlin premiere. I have a feeling the Berlin critics are not going to like it! Last month there was a concert of composers from Warsaw, and last week there was a Russian music concert. Tonight Jan Ingenhoven is leading […]

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2 April 1907

Soprano Sophie Heymann-Engel is giving a concert of lieder from the “15th-18th centuries,” and what is billed as the first performance of  Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata, with bass-baritone Anton Sistermanns. There is a concert in memory of Ludwig Thuille, who was remembered on the Königliche Kapelle concert last week. It includes a variety of his works: […]

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22 March 1907

It’s Friday, and there are three big events tonight: Teresa Carreño is giving her only concert in Berlin this year; Felix Weingartner is premiering a symphony by Christian Sinding, and Robert Robitschek is conducting “modern tone poems” by Dvorák, Humperdinck, and himself.  Ah, Madame Carreño! She has been a favorite since her debut with the […]

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Heinrich Schenker’s views on musicians from 1907

The impressive website Schenker documents online includes hundreds of transcriptions and translations of letters to and from the music theorist Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935) and his diary entries over a period of more than thirty years. It is very user friendly, and thus easy to find out what Schenker had to say about musicians who performed […]

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Concerts in November 1907

A bumper crop of violinists There were 169 concerts this month. One of the highlights was the debut of eighteen-year-old violinist Efrem Zimbalist, who gave three concerts and won unanimous praise from the critics. His programs included the Brahms Violin Concerto; his performance almost forty years later with Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra can […]

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Too many concerts by dilettantes?

In answer to the question of why there were too many concerts in Berlin (the topic of my previous post), some critics blamed the women pianists who only put on concerts in order to get “certified” as having braved Berlin before returning home to become a piano teacher. To test the validity of this theory/assumption, […]

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