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Collection of programmes (1843-1919)
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A miscellaneous collection of programmes for concerts given at various European venues – principally in France and Germany – between 1843 and 1919, arranged in a largely chronological fashion across 2 bound volumes.

Volume 1: 1843–1914
This volume includes programmes for a number of performances by the Barthischen Madrigal-Vereinigung of Berlin, directed by Arthur Barth. These were all four-part concerts of vocal music and all programmes contain wordbooks and include a list of the vocal performers. Items are listed chronologically.

21 April 1843, Salle des Concerts, Rue Siblequin, Boulogne: Philharmonic Society First Subscription Concert, for the benefit of the poor of Boulogne, being a two-part orchestral concert, containing a fantasia for guitar given by Monsieur Siesto in each act.

25 September 1853, Grossen harmonie-Saale, Heidelberg: Divertissement, being a two-part concert of vocal and instrumental repertory wherein much of the instrumental music was based on vocal repertory, in the form of instrumental fantasies and variations on operatic tunes.

4 December 1874, Pieterskerk, Utrecht: Stedelijk Gymnasium, including a J.C.M. van Riemsdijk, Festival Song for choir, soprano, organ and string quartet (with wordbook and a complete list of the choral ensemble).

18-26 April [no year], Salle de Concert de la Schola Cantorum, 269 Rue Saint-Jacques, Paris: Beethoven string quartet cycle, given by the Quatour Parent (MM. Armand Parent, Lammers, Denayer and Baretti) (single handbill). Two quartets were given per performance, punctuated with vocal music by the same composer. A handwritten annotation suggests that the performances took place in ‘1896 or later’.

7-10 August 1902, Bruges: Fêtes Musicales de Bruges, given by La Scola Cantorum de Paris and the Société de Musique Religieuse et Classique (prospectus with programmes, including descriptions of religious services, concerts and lectures, lists of the committee for the festival, information regarding subscription and advertisements for various other events happening in Bruges).

20 and 27 April, 4, 11, 18 and 25 May and 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29 June and 6 July 1903, Palais du Trocadéro, Paris: Auditions d’Orgue, given by M. Alexandre Guilmant, each performance concluding with a work by Guilmant (with an introduction to the series, written by Guilmant).

11 November 1905, Palast Barberini, Potsdam: Barthischen Madrigal-Vereinigung.

25-27 September 1906, Church/Musiksaal, Basel: Kongress der International Musikgesellschaft, directed by Hermann Suter. The church concert combined sacred vocal music with works for keyboard; the Musiksaal performance mixed secular vocal music with orchestral works.

23 April 1907, Salle des quatours Playel, 24 Reu Rochechouart, Paris: La Musique Anglaise aux XVIme, XVIIme & XVIIIme Siècles, given by the Fondation Jean-Sebastien Bach de Paris, directed by Charles Bouvet and accompanied by M.F. Ponsot (with a list of the works previously performed by the Foundation).

23 October 1907, Saale der Sing-Akademie, Berlin, Germany: Barthischen Madrigal-Vereinigung of Berlin.

23 March 1908, Alternburger Künstlerklaufe: Madrigals of the 16th and 17th Centuries, given by the Barthichen Madrigal-Vereinigung of Berlin.

19-20 November [1914], Vienna: Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich, including a Festival Session and Historical Concert (both 19 November in the Wiener Konzerthauses) and a Festival Mass in the Hofburg-kapelle (announcement and programmes).

5 December 1908, Saale der Sing-Akademie, Berlin, Germany: Barthischen Madrigal-Vereinigung.

5 August-4 September 1910, New Music Hall, Munich: 12 symphony concerts given by the Orchester des Konzertvereins München as part of the Ausstellung München, directed by Ferdinand Lowe and including complete cycles of the symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as symphonies by Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz and Liszt (with a diagram of the hall and a list of ticket prices). Also, a programme for a performance of Mahler, Symphony No.8, given on 12 September 1910 as part of this event, under the direction of the composer (with extensive lists of the committee members and performers, a diagram of the hall and details of ticket prices).

11 and 12 August 1911, Bühnen-Festspielhaus Bayreuth: Richard Wagner, Parisfal/Die Meistersinger (posters with a list of the performers, a diagram of the theatre and numerous advertisements).

16 and 18 August 1911, Münchner Künstler Theater: Offenbach, Die Schöne Helena, directed by Alexander von Zemlinsky/Themidore, with music by Digby La Touche (with extensive programme and biographical notes, announcements of future productions and numerous advertisements). The collection also includes a copy of Münchener Kunst und Theater Anzeiger No. 8475 (August 1911), which contains multiple advertisements regarding theatrical, operatic and concert performances in Munich.

1 February, 7 March, and 18 and 25 April 1912, Harmonium-Saal, 35 Steglitzer Strasse, Berlin: Paula Simon-Herlitz (Kunstharmonium) and Johannes Senftleben (klavier), with one additional soloist per concert: Anton Kortman (voice), Max Saal (harp), Johannes Voegrs (violin) and Lilli Winterberg (voice). These were single-act performances of music for harmonium and clavier, including a number of arrangements of vocal and orchestral repertory. Each programme is backed with a list of music for sale.

15-17 June 1912, Breslau: Sixth German Bach Festival (prospectus and programmes, including extensive lists of the performing and organizational personnel).

13 May 1913, Salle des Agriculteurs, 8 Rue d’Athenes, [Paris]: Musique et Instruments des XVIIme et XVIIIme Siécles, given by the Société des Concerts d’Autrefois with Marguerite Delcourt (clavecin), Georges Taine (viole d’Amour), Emile de Bruyn (viole de Gambe), Louis Fleurt (flute), Francis Mondain (Hautbois d’Amour) and Edouard Nanny (Contrebasse).

14 May 1913, Salle Érard, 13 Rue du Mail, [Paris]: G. Fleury-Monchablon and Louis Fleury, in a concert of vocal and instrumental music written by French, German, English and Russian composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

2 and 11 June 1913, Salle Villiers, 64 rue du Rocher, Paris: Deux Séances, given by the Quatuor Duttenhofer (Louis Duttenhofer, Robert Imandt, Rene Monfeuillard, Georges Desmonts). Each programme includes four quartets and in both cases, the last three are by Jean Christoff Federico Bach.

6 and 7 April [no year], Teatro Lux, [no city]: screening of the film ‘I Gufi delle Caverne’, in 3 acts with a prologue (handbill).

1914: Teatro Massimo, Fiorentino: Spring Season (brochure, including extensive notes on the operas Parsifal, Traviata, Iris and Don Carlo).

Volume 2: 1914–1919
5 June 1914, Salle Gaveau, 45-47 Rue La Boetie, Paris: Oeuvres des Maitres Musiciens de la Renaissance Francaise et Organistes etrangers de la fin du XVIe siècle, given as part of the International Music Society Conference by the Quartet Borrel (M.E. Borrel, Mlle Cattaert, Monsieur De Renaucourt and Monsieur Gervais) with Joseph Boulnois (organ), directed by Marc de Ranze (with some brief handwritten annotations). The collection also contains a general programme for the 5th Concert of the International Music Society, which included performances given at various venues in Paris between 1 and 10 June 1914. This document carries a welcome from the President of the conference (Louis Barthou) and a list of those involved in its organization.

8 June 1914, Sainte-Chapelle du Palais de Justice, Paris: Les Primitifs de la Musique Francaise’, with Mademoiselle M. Babaian (soprano), Monsieur Jouanneau (tenor) and Monsieur Tremblay (baritone), directed by Monsiuer Drees (with words).
This was a three-part performance with sections as follows: Pieces Liturgiques (XIe-XIIe siècles); L’Ars Antiqua et les Trouveres (XIIe-XIIIe siècles); and L’Ars Nova.

8 June 1914, Palais de Versailles, Paris: Concert de Musique de Chambre, being a two–part performance of French music from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

5 January 1919, Stadt Theatre, Bonn; Vocal and Orchestral Concert, given by the 2nd Canadian Divisional Orchestra, with Edmund Burke (vocal) and M.G. Curtis and R. Kelso (piano), directed by Mr W.H. Foote.
Date range of collection
1843 - 1919
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secondary education (age 10-16)
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