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Collection Title
Mr Dando´s Quartett Concerts (1836-59)
Unique Identifier
d.483
Description
An incomplete set of programmes and wordbooks for the first 24 seasons of Mr Dando's Quartett Concerts, given at the Hanover Square Rooms/Crosby Hall, London between 1836 and 1859.

Also, the prospectus and an incomplete set of programmes with wordbooks for three of the four subscription concerts given at the Crosby Hall, London on 31 March, 21 April and 12 May 1842.

1. Quartett Concerts.
From 1836-42, these took place at the Hanover Square Rooms. Thereafter they were held in the Throne Room of Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate. For the first four seasons (to 1839), four concerts were given per year. After that the number was increased to six.

All concerts were in two parts, typically with quartets (or similar larger-ensemble chamber music) at the beginning and end of each part. In between were solo and vocal items performed with piano accompaniment. There are a number of first peformances and/or first performances in England/London. A list of the most significant of these - including music by Beethoven, Mendelssoh, Spohr, Schumann, Haydn and Weber - is provided in a handwritten list at the start of the volume. There are also first performances of works by less prominent composers; these are cited in relation to specific concerts below. The programmes also record the first appearance of works at this particular series and the first appearance of certain performers.

All programmes record the names of the chamber music and solo performers, as well as of the keyboard accompanist. All concerts featured Dando’s own quartet. From 1836-42, this group comprised Messrs Henry Blagrove, Gattie, Dando and Charles Lucas. Dando and Lucas remained throughout (Dando moving to first violin) and were joined at various times by Alfred Mellon and T. and W. Watson (violin) and John Loder, W. Thomas, Hill, W. Watson and H. Webb (viola).

Among the pianists were a number of extremely prominent London musicians, including Henry R. Bishop, Sir George Smart, Cipriani Potter, Ignaz Moscheles, William Sterndale Bennett and Julius Benedict.

A number of the programmes contain handwritten annotations. For the most part, these are brief and provide factual corrections or additions to the printed programme. The wordbooks include not only the text of the vocal pieces but also an indication of the movement titles for the chamber works.

First season: 26 March and 16 April 1836 (nos. 2 and 4). The programme for the 16 April is a handwritten transcription and does not include a wordbook.

Second season: 16 February, 9 and 30 March, and 13 April 1837. Also, a programme for Mr Blagrove’s Benefit Quartett Concert, given on 4 May 1837. The concert on 16 February 1837 included the first English performance of Weiss, Quartet in F major, op.10. The programmes for the second, fourth, and benefit concerts include annotations.

Third season: 22 February, 8 March and 5 April 1838 (nos.1, 2 and 4). The programme for the second concert is a handwritten transcription and does not include a wordbook. The concert on 22 February 1838 included the first English performance of Ferdinand Ries, Quartet in F sharp minor, op.70/3.

Fourth season: 7 February, and 7 and 21 March 1839 (nos.1, 3 and 4). The programme for the first concert is a handwritten transcription and does not include a wordbook. The concert on 21 March 1839 included the first public performance of Fesca, Quartett in C minor op.4.

Fifth season: 13 and 27 February, 12 and 26 March, 20 April and 18 May 1840. Programmes for the third and sixth concerts include annotations.

Sixth season: 25 February, 11 and 25 March, 1 and 15 April, and 10 May 1841. The programme for the fifth concert includes annotations. There were a number of first English performances this season: 25 February (Reber, Trio in E Flat Major, op. 12), 11 March (Onslow, Quintett in A minor, op. 58), 15 April (Onslow, Quartet in A major, op. 48) and 10 May (Fesca, Quartett in E major, from op.2).

Seventh season: 4 March and 1 and 29 April 1842 (nos.2, 4 and 6).

Eighth season: 13 March, 10 April, 1, 15 and 29 May and 12 June 1843. The programme for the fourth concert includes annotations. The concerts on 13 March and 15 May included the first English performance of Gebel, Grand Quintett and Onslow, Quartett in A major, Op. 8/3.

Ninth season: 12 and 26 February, 11 March, 6 and 20 May and 3 June 1844. The programmes for the fourth and sixth concerts include annotations. The final performance of this season was attended by Mendelssohn. The concert on 11 March included the first English performance of A. Romberg, Quartett in D, op. 59/3 and first performance of Boccherini, Quartett in E, op. 33/2

Tenth season: 27 January, 10 and 24 February, 10 and 24 March and 21 April 1845. The concert on 10 February included the first English performance of Lachner, Quartett in E flat major, op.77 and A. Romberg, Quintett in A minor, op.21/1

Eleventh season: 2 February, 2 and 23 March, 6 and 27 April, and 25 May 1846. The programmes for the first and fourth concerts include annotations. The concert on 27 April included the first English performance of Dussek, Quartett in E flat Major, op.60/3.

Twelfth season: 25 January, 8 and 22 February, 8 and 23 March, and 5 April 1847. The concerts on 25 January and 8 March included the first English performances of Ries, Quartet in C major, op.145/1 and A. Mühling, Quartet in E major, op.59/2. The programme for the third and fourth concerts include annotations.

Thirteenth season: 31 January, 14 and 28 February, 20 March, and 3 and 24 April 1848. The concert on 28 February included the first English performance of Fesca, Quartet in B flat major, op. 14 whilst that on 3 April included the first public appearance of a Sonata in E major for violin and piano by Miss K. Loder.

Fourteenth season: 29 January, 12 and 26 February, 6 and 19 March and 2 April 1849, the last with annotations.

Fifteenth season: 14 and 28 January, 11 and 26 February, and 11 and 25 March 1850. The concert on 28 January included the first English performances of a Trio in G minor (op. 10) by the Swedish composer Lindblad, and Onslow, Quintet in D minor, op. 24.

Sixteenth season: 20 January, 3 and 24 February, 17 and 31 March and 14 April 1851. The concert on 3 February included the first English performance of Mayseder, Sestet in D major (op. 55) by Mayseder and that on 31 March included the first performance of a Quartet in F major by Alfred Mellon.

Seventeenth season: 13 and 27 January, 10 and 24 February, and 9 and 23 March 1852.

Eighteenth season: 17 and 31 January, 14 and 28 February, and 7 and 21 March 1853. The concert on 14 February included the first English performance of a Grand Sonata in F sharp minor (op.81) by J.N. Hummel and that on 21 March included the first performance of a New MS Quartet in G major by A. Mellon. The programmes for the third concert includes annotations.

Nineteenth season: 16 and 30 January, 13 and 27 February, 13 and 27 March 1854. The concert on 16 January included the first English performance of Fesca, Grand Septour op.26. The performances on 13 and 27 March included the first public performances of Pleyel, Quartet in E Flat Major and F. Kuhlau, Quintet in D major, op.51/1.

Twentieth season: 8 and 22 January, 5 and 19 February, 5 and 19 March 1855. The concert on 5 February included a Quartet in F major composed expressly for these concerts by A. Mellon. That on 19 February and 19 March included the first English performance of F. Krommer, Quintet in E flat Major, op.106 and Onslow, Quintet in D Major No. 27.

Twenty first season: 14 and 28 January, 11 and 25 February and 10 and 31 March 1856. The concert on 25 February included the first English performance of Onslow, Trio in G Major (op.27).

Twenty second season: 19 January, 2 and 16 February, and 2, 16 and 30 March 1857.

Twenty third season: 8 and 22 February, 8 and 22 March, and 5 and 19 April 1858.

Twenty fourth season: 10 and 24 January, 7 and 21 February, and 7 and 28 March 1859.


2. Subscription Concerts
These were two-part vocal and instrumental concerts, given by Miss Birch, Mr J. Bennett, Mr Alfred Novello, Miss Dolby and Miss E. Mounsey, Mr Lindley, Mr Muhlenfeldt, Mr Gattie, Mr Loder, Mr C. Severn, Mr Dando, and Mr Lucas. These were slightly longer that the Quartett Concerts and included a greater amount of concertante repertory.
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Date range of collection
1836 - 1859
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-
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Not Specific

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