“Early Music” in 1907

The Societe des Concerts d’Instruments anciens from Paris visited. Choral Music There was a “Verein für Klassische Kirchenmusik” which performed Palestrina. Bach Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas, B minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion La Serva Padrona or “Die Magd als Herrin” was premiered. The same singer also did Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.” Singers The opera tenor Franz Naval […]

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Debussy’s Perversity

The pianist Harold Bauer (1873-1951) played a recital in Berlin on Oct. 31, 1907. A little more than a year later, on 18 December 1908, he gave the world premiere performance of Debussy’s piano suite Children’s Corner in Paris. The reviewer in the Signale lamented the small audience and was generally very appreciative of Bauer’s program of Schumann, […]

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Sources for Concerts in 1907 Berlin

My purpose in documenting all the musical events of 1907 in the main Berlin concert halls is to gather concrete data so that the perception of a saturation of the market can be analyzed. Newspaper Advertisements, Notices, and Reviews This process of documenting has involved many different sources. More and more concert programs are being put […]

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The Piano Trio of Hausmann, Barth and de Ahna

Robert Hausmann’s Piano Trio with his Hochschule colleagues Heinrich Barth (piano) and Heinrich de Ahna (violin) began giving concerts in 1875 and started a subscription series in 1878. They lasted for thirty years, with only one change in personnel, when Emanuel Wirth took over after de Ahna died in 1892. In contrast to the Joachim Quartet […]

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Paradoxically Popular Art Music

What made Berlin so special as a city for music? Was it true that art music was appreciated more or better than in other cities? Are there material circumstances that account for it, or was it a self-fulfilling prophecy, part of an ideology of German identity? One aspect of Berlin’s concert life was remarked upon […]

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The Brahms Double Concerto at the Proms Concerts

On the occasion of the London premiere of the Brahms Double Concerto, Op. 102 on February 14, 1888, The Times newspaper wrote: No one but Brahms among living masters could have written this work, which shows all the earnestness of purpose, all the freedom from mere clap-trap, to which this composer owes his leading position. […]

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Joachim as Keeper of the Quartet

In 1908The Musical Courier declared: “When Joachim died there was virtually an end to the string quartet, confessedly the highest form of abstract music.” The issue of the “death” of the string quartet had been raised before by the English press. In 1902 the Musical News had fretted: Is the interest in chamber music really […]

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