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Alfred Schulz-Curtius´ Grand Wagner Concerts (1894-98)
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A collection of programmes for 23 Grand Wagner Concerts, organized by Alfred Schulz-Curtius and given between 1894 and 1898 at the Queen's Hall, London, held as two bound volumes.

These were two-part operatic and orchestral concerts of predominantly nineteenth-century repertory, much of it by Wagner.

All programmes contain a full list of the orchestral ensemble which, unless otherwise stated below, was conducted by Felix Mottl and led by Benoit Hollander.

Unless otherwise stated below, these programmes include word books and historical programme notes, the latter drawn primarily from Richard Wagner's Prose Works, edited and translated by William Ashton Ellis. A number of the programmes contain an illustrated presentation of a section of text from the work which forms the main part of the performance; this will be indicated below by the inclusion of the name of a work in square brackets below.

Volume 1 (1894–97: 20 programmes)
22 May 1894: Grand Orchestral Concert for Wagner's Birthday, led by Willy Hess, with David Bispham (vocal) [with photograph of Beethoven].
6 November 1894: Miss Marie Brema, conducted by Siegfried Wagner [Siegfried's Idyll].
27 November 1894: Herr Willy Birrenkoven and Mr H. Plunket Greene (vocal).
25 April 1895: Fraulein Ternina (vocal), conducted by Hermann Levi [Beethoven, Symphony No. 7].
22 May 1895: Grand Wagner Concert for Wagner's Birthday, with Miss Marie Brema, Miss Ella Russell, Miss Agnes Janson, Mr David Bispham, Mr Andrew Black, Herr Emil Gerhäuser, Hugo Heinz and Mr Lloyd Chandos (vocal) and the Wagner Choir, directed by Henry J. Wood [Wagner, The Flying Dutchman].
6 June 1895: Esther Palliser, Mr David Bispham, Fraulein Gelber, Fraulein Ralph and Miss Agnes Jackson (vocal), conducted by Siegfried Wagner, including the first performance of Wagner, Symphonic Poem 'Sehnsucht' .
20 June 1895: Frau Felix Mottl, David Bispham, Mr Lempriere Pringle and Mrs Lee (vocal).
4 July 1895: Ernest van Dyck, Anton Scholosser and Mr Plunket Greene (vocal), with the Wagner Choir, conducted by Anton Scholosser [Wagner, Die Meistersinger].
12 November 1895: Miss Marie Brema and Mr Plunket Greene (vocal) [Wagner, Die Walküre].
26 November 1895: Frau Ida Doxat, Herr Emil Gerhäuser, and Miss Esther Palliser (vocal) [Wagner, Tristan und Isolde].
28 April 1896: Eugen d'Albert (piano) (basic programme only).
14 May 1896: Herr Carl Nebe, Frau Mottl, Fraulein Gelber, Madame Agnes Janson and Herr Emil Herhäuser (vocal) (with an extensive 'Synopsis of the Scenes').
11 June 1896: Herr Emil Gerhäuser, Herr Bussart, Frau Ida Doxat, Frau Mottl, Fraulein Gelber, and Madame Agnes Janson (vocal) (with an extensive 'Synopsis of the Scenes').
16 March 1897: Frau Mottl, Fraulein Tomschik, and Mr. Lemprière Pringle (vocal) (with some brief musical examples).
30 March 1897: 'The Development of the Overture', including works in this form by composers from Handel to Wagner, arranged chronologically.
11 May 1897: Herr Heinrich Vogl, Frau Mottl, Charles Copland, Miss Esther Palliser, Miss Agnes Nichols, Miss Hilda Foster, Miss Helen Jaxon, Miss Eleanor Jones, and Miss Ruby Shaw (vocal), with a chorus from the Royal College of Music, prepared by Sir Walter Parratt, including the first English performance of Smetana, Symphonic Poem 'Aus Böhmen's Hain und Flur'.
18 May 1897: including Berlioz, Harold in Italy, with Michael Balling (viola) (with a 'List of the works performed, conductors, singers, etc, at the twenty Wagner concerts hitherto given’, compiled by Alfred Schulz-Curtius).
9 November 1897: Marie Brema and Herr A. van Rooy (vocal).
16 November 1897: Madame Ellen Gulbranson.
7 December 1897: conducted by Richard Strauss, including the first English performance of Strauss, Symphonic Poem, Tod und Verklärung (with some brief musical examples).

Volume 2 (1898, 3 programmes)
The notes for the concerts documented in this volume are provided by Edgar F. Jacques and include musical examples.
26 April 1898: Miss Ella Russel and Miss Rosa Green (vocal) [Wagner, The Flying Dutchman].
17 May 1898: conducted by Felix Weingartner, including the first English performance of Weingartner, Symphonic Poem 'King Lear'.
16 June 1898: David Bispham (vocal, first appearance since his return from America) and 'some of the best church choirs', directed by Cuthbert Hawley, including the first English performance of the prelude to Act II of Eugen d'Albert, Gernot.
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1894 - 1898
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British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council