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Collection Description

Collection Title
Boston Symphony Orchestra (1893-1939)
A collection of 280 programmes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from 1893 to 1939. The programmes contain analytical programme notes as well as illustrations, such as sketches of composers.

The collection contains volumes from the following seasons: 1893-1894 (1 vol.); 1921-1922 (1 vol.); 1930-1939 (9 vols.). The 1893-1894 season was the 13th season of concerts.

The concerts took place at the Music Hall in the 1893-1894 season, then Symphony Hall – the inaugural concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra took place here in 1901 – from 1921 onwards. The conductors for the seasons were Emil Paur (1893-1894); Pierre Monteuax (1921-1922) and Serge Koussevitsky (1930-1939). However, other conductors were used for some individual programmes within these seasons.

There were 24 concerts per season, taking place from October to April or early May. The concerts occurred weekly, and took place on Friday afternoons and the adjacent Saturday evening. The 1893-1894 season was an exception, where the Friday afternoon was called “first rehearsal”, and it is assumed this “rehearsal” was open to the public.

Some volumes include programmes from festivals given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These include a Brahms Festival (April 1933), Tchaikovsky Festival (April 1934) and the Berkshire Symphonic Festival at Tanglewood (1939).

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1893 - 1939
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
Visiting Information
Mon-Fri by appointment
Building Information
The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
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Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Custodial History
Vol. 1893-1894 given to A.C. Mackenzie
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Collection Collector(s)
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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council