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Promenade Concert Programmes (1838-40)
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An incomplete set of programmes for Promenade Concerts (a-la-Musard) given between 1838 and 1840, contained in the Concert Companion. Also, a handbill for a Promenade Concert a-la-Musard, in honour of Her Majesty’s Marriage, given on 10 February 1840.

These were two-part concerts of orchestral overtures, waltzes and quadrilles (with an instrumental solo in the first part), held, unless otherwise stated below, at the Theatre Royal Lyceum and English Opera House.

There are a number of works listed as being performed for the ‘first time’ or for the ‘first time at these concerts’, including a large number of pieces by Musard. The pieces cited below are those noted to have been receiving their ‘first public performance in this country’.

Each programme provides a list of the orchestral ensemble, led by Mr Willy (assisted by Mr Patey from 9 December 1839) and conducted by Signor Negri. There is also an indication of the instrumental soloist(s).

These programmes form the first page of a publication called the Concert Companion. This typically includes detailed reviews of London, provincial and foreign performance activity, some general musical observations, and reviews of printed music publications. Each programme carries an illustration/sketch of the orchestra at the Promenade Concerts (front cover) and there is much information regarding the origins and on-going success of the series.

Although a number of programmes carry the phrase ‘and every evening during the week’, this would appear to imply the advent of the concerts every evening, rather than the presentation of the specific programme listed: only the date given on the programme is therefore listed below. A number of the early programmes are undated. The dates given in [ …] are suggested on the basis of the issue of the Concert Companion (numbered weekly) in which they appear.

12 December 1838
[between 13 and 21 December 1838]
21 and 22 December 1838
[week beginning 26 December]
[week beginning 31 Dec]

[week beginning 7 Jan]
[week beginning 14 Jan]
21 January
28 January
4 February
11, 12, 14 and 16 February
18, 19, 21 and 23 February
25, 26 and 28 February and 2 March
4, 5, 7 and 9 March
12 and 14 March
14 March: for the benefit for Messrs Harper, G. Cooke, Platt and Hatton.
2, 3 and 5 April: at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi
8, 10 and 12 April: at the Theatre Royal Adelphi
7 October: Strauss, Waltz, ‘Taglioni’; Lanner, Waltz ‘Die Petersburger’; and Labitzki [Labitzky], Waltz, Brandhofen’.
14 October
17, 18 and 19 October
21 October: Musard, Quadrille ‘La Princess de Grenade’.
24 October: Musard, Quadrille, ‘La Princess de Grenade’ and Strauss, Waltz, ‘Sommambula’.
28 October: Strauss, Waltz ‘Exotiche Pflanzen’ and Overture Sommambula’.
31 October: (as for 28 October).
4 November: Musard, ‘Prometheus’ and Quadrille ‘Krakoviak’.
7 November: Lanner, Waltz ‘Die Kosenden’.
11 November: Musard, Quadrille ‘La Cloehe Sonne’ and Lanner, Waltz, Die Aelpler
11 November: this would appear to be a misprint for 13 November.
14 November
18 November: Musard, Quadrille ‘Le Perruquier de la Regence’.
21 November: Halevy, Overture, ‘L’éclair’; Musard, Quadrille, ‘Le Brasseur de Preston’; Labitzki, Waltz, ‘The Fairy’; and Bochsa, ‘Overture, ‘Le Corsaire’.
25 November: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Les Mohicans’.
28 November: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Souvenir des Champs Elysées’.
2 December: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Une Bonne Fortune’.
5 December: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Le Proscrit’.
9 December: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Le Postillon de Longjumeau’.
12 December: Musard, Quadrille, ‘Le Lac des Fées’
19 December
23 December
26 December
30 and 31 December and 1 January 1840: Strauss, Waltz, ‘Freuden Grasse’

2, 3 and 4 January
6, 7 and 8 January
9, 10 and 11 January: Lanner, Waltz, ‘Souvenir de St. Petersbourg’.
13, 14 and 15 January: Musard, Quadrille ‘Le Planteur de Trinidad’ and Donizetti, ‘Fantaisie Sur le Final de Lucia di Lamermoor’.
16, 17 and 18 January
20, 21 and 22 January: Strauss, Waltz ‘Die Berggeister’.
23, 24 and 25 January
27, 28 and 29 January: Strauss, Waltz, ‘Londoner saison’
31 January and 1 February
3, 4 and 5 February: Dufrene, Quadrille ‘Gais Loisirs’.
6, 7 and 8 February: Adam, Overture ‘Le Chalet’.
10, 11 and 12 February
13, 14 and 15 February: Her[t]z, Quadrille, ‘Les Etrangeres’.
17, 18 and 19 February
20, 21 and 22 February: Lanner, Waltz, ‘Die Osmanen’
24, 25 and 26 February
27, 28 and 29 February: Labitzky, Waltz, ‘Victoria Alexandrina’.
2 and 3 March
5, 6 and 7 March
9, 10 and 11 March
12, 13 and 14 March
16, 17 and18 March
19, 20 and 21 March

The handbill for the Promenade Concert a-la-Musard, in honour of Her Majesty’s Marriage was given by the ‘celebrated Band of sixty performers, selection from Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Philharmonic, Royal Society of Musicians, etc’.
Date range of collection
1838 - 1840
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