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Collection Description

Collection Title
Ernst Henschel collection: General (1892-1966)
Unique Identifier
Henschel
Description
A miscellaneous collection of prospectuses, programmes, wordbooks and handbills for performances given at various German venues between 1892 and 1938 (the majority in Berlin) and in London between 1938 and 1966, held loosely and arranged chronologically over 37 boxes as the collection of Ernst Henschel.

Unless otherwise stated below, the contents of each box is parcelled by year:
Box 1: 1892-97 (3 parcels: 1892-95, 1896 and 1897); Box 2: 1898-1901; Box 3: 1902-1903; Box 4: 1904-05; Box 5: 1906-08; Box 6: 1909-10; Box 7: 1911-12; Box 8: 1913-15; Box 9: 1916-17; Box 10: 1918-19; Box 11: 1920-21; Box 12: 1922-23; Box 13: 1924; Box 14: 1925; Box 15: 1926; Box 16: 1927; Box 17: 1928; Box 18: 1929; Box 19: 1930; Box 20: 1931; Box 21: 1932-33; Box 22: 1934; Box 23: 1935; Box 24: 1936-37; Box 25: 1938; Box 26: 1939; Box 27: 1940-45 (2 parcels, 1940-44 and 1945); Box 28: 1946; Box 29: 1947; Box 30: 1948-49; Box 31: 1950-51; Box 32: 1952-53; Box 33: 1953-54; Box 34: 1956-58; Box 35: 1959-61; Box 36: 1962-64 (3 parcels but with the 3rd also including some material for 1965); Box 37:1965-66.

In the individual records (discussed below), the location of material is given in the form Box number/parcel number.

Detailed records of the contents of this collection are provided by venue, with the prefixes Ernst Henschel collection: Berlin and Ernst Henschel collection: London. See below for a complete list.

The following entries are also included:
Ernst Henschel collection: Prospectuses (1918-38)
Ernst Henschel collection: European venues (1905-32)
Ernst Henschel collection: Germany (not Berlin) (1897-1917)
Ernst Henschel collection: English provincial venues (1941-46)

Berlin
Beethoven-Saal (1889-1938)
Berliner Dom (1916-38)
Blüthner/Bach Saal (1909-38)
Charlottenburg (1915-38)
Choralion Saal (1908-17)
Garnison Kirche (1906-38)
Grotrian-Steinweg-Saal (1923-30)
Harmonium-Saal (1912-14)
Haus der Deutschen Presse (1934-37)
Jerusalems-Kirche (1916-35)
Kaiser Wilhelm-Gedächtniss-Kirche (1898-1934)
Klindworth-Schwarenka-Saal: (1907-29)
Klosterkirche (1936-38)
Königlisches Hochschule für Musik (1896-1938)
Königlichen Hof- und Domkirche (1912-18)
Königliches Opernhaus (1892-1936)
Kunstausstellung der Sturm, Potsdamer Strasse 134a (1921-28)
Künstlerhaus, Bellevuestraße 3 (1905-24)
Meister-Saal (1916-38)
Miscellaneous venues (1895-38)
Philharmonie (1892-1938)
Saal Bechstein (1896-1938)
Schlüterhof des Berliner Stadtschlosses (1932-38)
Schwechtensaal (1921-31)
Sing-Akademie (1896-1938)
St. Marienkirche (1930-38)
Staatsoper am Platz der Republik (1927-32)
Volksbühne Theater am Bülowplatz (1916-32)
Vox-Haus (1923-27)

London:
Aeolian Hall (1938-39)
All Souls', Langham Place (1951-60)
Arts Council of Great Britain (1951-66)
British Broadcasting Corporation (1939-61)
Cambridge Theatre (1944-45)
Central Hall, Westminster (1938-61)
Christ Church, Woburn Square (1946-47)
Church of St. Sepulchre, Holborn (1946-62)
Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street (1945-54)
Conway Hall (1939-66)
Cowdray Hall (1944-55)
E.M.I. Studies, 3 Abbey Road (1948-53)
Friend’s House, Euston Road (1944-66)
Fyvie Hall, Regent Street (1944-45)
Institute of Contemporary Art (1952-55)
International Institutes (1948-66)
Kingsway Hall/Stoll Theatre, Kingsway (1945-61)
Morley College (1945-64)
Miscellaneous Venues (1939-66)
National Gallery (1940-46)
People’s Palace, Mile End Road (1945-50)
Priory Church of Bartholomew the Great (1946-62)
Queen Mary Hall (1940-53)
Queen’s Hall (1938-41)
R.B.A. Galleries (1948-53)
Royal Adelphi Theatre (1943-44)
Royal Albert Hall (1939-56)
Royal Academy of Music/Royal College of Music (1938-65)
Royal Festival Hall (1951-65)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1938-51)
St. James’s, Piccadilly (1956-65)
St. Martin-in-the-Fields (1944-60)
St. Martin’s School of Art (1946-48)
St. Marylebone Parish Church (1944-54)
St. Michael's Church, Cornhill (1938-49)
St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square (1943-55)
Salle Erard (1947-50)
Southwark Cathedral (1945-58)
Town Hall, Chelsea (1946-60)
Town Hall, St. Pancras (1947-65)
Victoria and Albert Museum (1947-64)
West London Synagogue (1945-47)
Westminster (1939-61)
Wigmore Hall (1938-66)

Documentation ranges from extensive programme books (with historical and analytical notes and musical examples), through single-sided handbills, to handwritten programmes. Certain of these documents bear handwritten annotations, many of which suggest that Henschel attended the rehearsal rather than the performance itself. Where a single document including the programmes for a number of performances is held, there is typically a handwritten indication of which of the performances Henschel actually attended.

For the most part, Henschel’s concert-attendance in Berlin would appear to have centred around the city’s most prominent venues, including the Philharmonie, the Singakademie, Beethoven-Saal and a number of churches. The range of venues attended regularly in London is considerably greater, and Henschel seemingly stepped up his interest in the contemporary music scene there: although it has not been possible to list all of these in the collection entries, the programmes from 1939 document a large number of premieres or first English/London performances.

For a further introduction to this collection see A. Hyatt King, ‘A Collection of Musical programmes’, British Museum Quarterly 33 (1968-9), 91-2.
Format
Date range of collection
1892 - 1966
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations
Associated Places

Location Details

British Library
The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Telephone
+44 (0)870 444
Visiting Information
Internet 24/7
Collections Overview
See: http://www.bl.uk/music
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
closed
Related Publications
Management Information (Type)
Collection Owner(s)
Collection Creator(s)
Collection Collector(s)
Collection Custodians(s)
Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council