Berlin’s chamber music in the 1840s

August Zimmermann’s Quartet “The great prophet of Beethoven’s last quartets is definitely Zimmermann, 40 years before Joachim!”–Ivan Mahaim As mentioned in the previous post, Ivan Mahaim’s 1964 study of Beethoven: Naissance et Renaissance de Derniers Quatuors argued that the obscure violinist August Zimmermann deserved as much recognition as Joachim for

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7 April 1907

Concerts of Instrumental Music The day after the Joachim Quartet’s concert, the second violinist Karl Halir is giving a concert with his own quartet, which he founded in 1893. The three works on the program are: Haydn, Quartet in D major, op. 64Gernsheim, Quartet in a minor, op. 31Schubert, C

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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

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