Abel, Ludwig (b. June 14, 1835 - d. August 13, 1895) Pupil of Ferdinand David; member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra at Leipzig, the Weimar Court Orchestra (1835), leader of the Court Orchestra at Munich (1867), teacher in and (1878) Inspector of the Royal Music-School then managed by von Bulow; 1880 Royal Professor; retired on pension, 1894. Violin-virtuoso of high rank, and an excellent orchestra conductor; wrote a good Violin Method, also studies, variations, etc. (Baker-Bio. Dic, p. 2)
Adamowski, Josef. (b. July 4, 1862 in Warsaw, d. Poland-1930) (Bio-Bib, p. 2) He studied first at the Warsaw Conservatory, and then "He went to the Moscow Conservatory and studied 'cello with Fitzenhagen, composition with Tchaikovsky and piano with Pabst. Meanwhile he also entered the University and graduated. In 1883 he began concert-tours in Poland and Germany, and in 1885-87 was professor of 'cello and ensemble playing at the Conservatory of Cracow. Coming to America in 1889, he played in the Boston Symphony orchestra till 1907, and also in the Adamowski Quartet and Adamowski Trio. He had been professor in the New England Conservatory since 1903... In 1896 he married the pianist Antoinette Szumowska." (Grove's Am. Sup., 1925, p.109) His finance was "Antoinette Szumowska [1868-1938, Bio-Bib, p. 2], who had come to Boston armed with a letter of introduction from Paderewski to the J. Montgomery Sears', already devoted friends of his." (Rogers, Two Lives, p. 191) She "had already begun an international career... She played in Paris in the '90s... She made no discs, but left some Ampico piano rolls including a [Chopin] Mazurka and three Preludes." (Methuen-Campbell, p. 102) Josef and his brother joined the BSO during the second season (1885-86) of Gericke's tenure. The same year Franz Kneisel replaced Listermann as concertmaster and Charles Loeffler replaced Louis Maas. (Ibid, p. 72)
Mathews, p. 293. Also have print with certificate saying published by Theodore Presser in 1900.
Adamowski, Timothie.[Timotheus] (March 24, 1858-?) (Bio-Bib, p. 2) "The artistic violinist of the Boston orchestra is widely known for his beautiful solo playing in various concert organizations, in which he has been a star. His technique is fluent and masterly, and his tone highly musical. His repertoire is very large. Biographical particulars concerning him have not been received. "Mathews, p. 292) Studied at the Warsaw Conservatory and in Paris. Came to America in 1879 "as a violin-virtuoso. He toured with Clara Louise Kellogg, Emma Thursby and Max Strakosch, and finally with his own company. Lang was part of Adamowski's first Boston concert playing the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Grieg and probably acting as accompanist for the vocal solos by George L. Osgood. Dwight described Adamowski as one "who is fast becoming an established favorite here as a teacher and as virtuoso." (Dwight, March 26, 1881, p. 53) In 1884-1908 he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, resigning to become teacher of the advanced violin-classes at the New England Conservatory. In 1890-94 he conducted popular concerts in the summer." (Grove's Am. Sup, 1925, p. 109) Lang played piano at the first concert that the Adamowski Quartet presented in Boston. The work was the Brahms Trio in C Minor Opus 101 and it was given on Monday evening November 26, 1888 at Chickering Hall. (BPL Prog., Vol. 5)
Adams, G. Arthur. In 1869, a "young" piano pupil of Lang's who shared a concert with Mr. Sumner at Chickering Hall on Thursday afternoon, September 30, 1869. Dwight marveled that "We know not what we are coming to: so many young men and women spring up among us, who in a quiet way have in some sense mastered the highest tasks in classical pianoforte music. Here is a still, pale Massachusetts boy, the first we ever knew of whom was hearing him on this occasion actually play with certainty and good aplomb the greatest Concertos, the "Emperor" of Beethoven." (Dwight, October 9, 1869) This certainly spoke well of Lang's teaching ability! Adams was also the soloist in the Schumann Piano Concerto at the first of "Mr. B. J. Lang's Second Series of Symphony Concerts" on April 11, 1872 at Mechanic's Hall, Bedford Street. He was also one of the three soloists in Bach's Concerto in C Major for three Pianofortes given at the fourth concert of the series on May 2, 1872. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 1)
Arlington Club. Conducted by William J. Winch. In July 1881 its President was John D. Long. (Musical Herald, July 1881, p. 162)
Apthorp, Robert E. Member of the HMA committee formed on January 31, 1851 to build a new music hall. The other members were: Charles C. Perkins, J. B. Upham, George Derby and J. S. Dwight. Their report was finished within a month [!], at the February 22, 1851 their "report was made and accepted." Together with a building plan, an operational plan was also presented which included:
Sources of income:
Concerts &c 100 nights at $50.
Day occupation 50 @ $40
Religious Society (meeting on Sunday nights, led by Rev, Theodore Parker) $1,500
Mercantile Libr. Lectures $500" (HMA Bulletin No. 6, pp. 3 and 4)
Mrs. Robert E. Apthorp, together with Mrs. Julia Ward Howe organized the "Saturday Morning Club" in 1871, a group, originally of younger women, who met for discussions, had a cooking group, and performed dramatics. Their list of lecturers was quite broad, and among noted musicians included William Foster Apthorp, John Sullivan Dwight, Arthur Foote, Philip Hale, Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Dr. Samuel Langmaid, John Knowles Paine, and Thomas Whitney Surette from a list of hundreds who spoke between 1871 and 1931. (SATURDAY MORNING CLUB, pp. 91-96) In the 1888 "Clark's Boston Blue Book" Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Apthorp are listed at 158 Mt. Vernon St. (and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Apthorp at 14 Otis Place) Robert E. Apthorp died on Friday, February 10, 1882. (Methuen Memorial Music Hall website, 11/26/10, p. 3)
Baker, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS, p. 19
Apthorp, William Foster. Home at 2 Otis Place, Boston c. 1857, and still in 1880 (Dwight's Journal ads). In the 1888 "Clark's Boston Blue Book" the address is 14 Otis Place. The entry for Apthorp in Theodore Baker's "A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS, SECOND EDITION OF 1905" lists his birth date as Oct. 24, 1848. He was the "son of Robert Apthorp and Eliza Hunt. Since before the American Revolution, Apthorp's ancestors had participated in the mercantile and intellectual life of Boston." (Saloman, Am. Nat. Biog., Vol. 13, p. 567) He graduated from Harvard in 1869 having taken musical classes with J. K. Paine. He then took piano from B. J. Lang for 7 or 8 years longer. "Coming from an old Boston family whose efforts in the cause of art have always been most intimately linked with its progress in the city, he has won a career not less worthy than any of his line." (Elson, Supplement, p. 3) Apthorp's musical tastes were influeneced in part by Dwight's "Journal" which began when Apthorp was four years old. "Since it is such a significant chronicle of the music scene in America, it would naturally reflect musical tastes of society, especially in Boston, during Apthorp's formative years. These tastes and convictions would become a permanent ingredient of Apthorp's personality and musical sense which, in turn, would be reflected in his own criticisms and commentaries.' (Brian, p. 39) He taught "piano and theory at the National College of Music from 1872 to 1873, then taught piano, theory, counterpoint and fugue at the New England Conservatory from 1873 to 1886. He also held classes in aesthetics and the history of music in the College of Music of Boston University until 1886" (Saloman, op. cit.) He wrote musical criticism being with the Atlantic Monthly from 1872-7. "His most remarkable work, however, was for the Boston Evening Transcript, from 1881-1903." (Nelson, p. vi) He added the job of drama critic a year later. The Boston Evening Transcript was first published on July 24, 1830, and by the 1880s it had assumed the place of "the tea-table paper of Boston, its principal function consisting in presenting the news of the day in a manner specially acceptable in the quiet and refined homes of Boston." (Nelson, p. 99 quoting the Boston Daily Advertiser) "Apthorp was praised for his open-mindedness, perception, and common sense, and he successfully balanced progressive and conservative viewpoints in his criticisms. He championed new music and American music. Ever mindful that the public was his true audience, his lucid, instructive writing style appealed to everyone." (Nelson, p. vi) In all he "served as music critic for twenty-two years, from 1881 to 1903." (Nelson, p. 99) From 1892 he edited the program books for the BSO. (p. 19) also pen and ink drawing. He died in 1913. (Foote-Auto., p. 139)
Rogers, STORY OF TWO LIVES, facing p. 190
- Born October 24, 1848 in Boston
- 1856-60-attended schools in Dresden, Berlin and Rome.
- 1863 began study piano, harmony and counterpoint with Paine and piano study was continued with Lang.
- 1869 graduated from Harvard-last year was conductor of the Pierian Sodality.
- 1872-73 taught piano and harmony at the National College of Music.
- For 13 years taught piano and various branches of theory at New England Conservatory.
- 1872 began as music editor for "The Atlantic Monthly."
- 1876 became music critic for the "Sunday Courier."
- 1878 was both musical and dramatic critic for the "Traveler."
- 1881 music critic for the "Evening Transcript." Also did dramatic criticism. Held both jobs until retired in 1903 and moved to Switzerland.
- 1892-1901 edited program books for the BSO.
- Died February 19, 1913 in Vevey, Switzerland. (American Music edited by Pratt, pp. 112 and 113)
The entry for Apthorp in Howe's A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA of 1889 states that age 12 he was taken to Europe where he studied during the next four years at schools in Dresden, Berlin, and Rome. During these years he also studied art with the intention of becoming a painter. He returned to Boston in 1860, and after preparing for, entered Harvard, graduating in 1869. He had given up art on his return to American, and began piano studies with John K. Paine in 1863 and continued for four years. He then studied with B. J. Lang for six or eight years more. He taught theoretical subjects at the New England Conservatory beginning in 1874 and continuing until 1886." The entry in DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY gives his age as 8 (the year 1856) when his parents took him to Europe "for the purpose of giving him the best opportunity for studying languages and art, feeling that his latent talents lay in the latter field. In France he attended a day school" with further time in Dresden, Berlin. And Rome. "He studied art also in Florence and was a fellow student of John Singer Sargent. Returning to Boston in 1860, he fitted for college at the school of E. S. Dixwell and was graduated from Harvard in 1869. In his senior year he was conductor of the Pierian Sodality. Soon after his return from Europe, he became increasingly interested in music and in 1863 he gave up painting and studied piano, harmony, and counterpoint with J. K. Paine until 1867, when Paine went to Europe. He then studied piano with B. J. Lang for several years, but his theoretical work was self-directed. He was fully aware that the dream of his devoted parents-that he would become a great painter or a great pianist-would never be realized and he was quite content to take up teaching as a profession." (DIC. AM. BIOG., p 335) His career as a music critic began in 1872 (aged 24) when he was hired to edit the newly established musical department of the Atlantic Monthly which he continued until December of 1877 when the department was discontinued. (See above for the next assignments) "For the last seven years or so (i.e. from 1881) he has been engaged upon Scribner's 'Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians,' in the work of critical editor. During the last seven or eight years of the symphony concerts given in Boston by the Harvard Musical Association, he was a member of the concert and programme committees of that society.
Grant gives more about his family background. "Apthorp was the direct descendant of officers of the British Crown; one of his ancestors had been paymaster of the British Navy during the Revolutionary War. As a boy he was taken by his parents all over Europe to be educated-France, Dresden, Berlin, Rome-and as a result was fluent in many languages... His parents had first dreamed of his becoming a great painter; now they saw him as a budding concert pianist. Apthorp himself realized he wasn't quite good enough and began a teaching career in the early 1870s; for some years he taught piano, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and theory at New England Conservatory of Music and other Boston colleges, but retired from teaching altogether in 1886, by which time his labors as a writer on music had overtaken all else." (Grant, p. 69)
"In his criticisms he preferred not to make pronouncements; rather, his aim was to set people thinking." (Nelson, p. 10)
"Mr. Apthorp is one of the clearest and most satisfactory writers in music that this country has produced. The record above shows, by suggestion at least, how well his work in this capacity has been appreciated by the literary public, for each modification in his way of life has been of the essential nature of a promotion. As he is still comparatively a young man, much may be expected from him in the future." (Howe, p. 371)
The entry for William Apthorp in the HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC edited by Hubbard states that "William Foster Apthorp is one of the best known of American critics. He was for five years critic of the Atlantic Monthly [beginning in 1872]. In 1876 he became musical critic of the Boston Sunday Courier; in 1878 musical and dramatic editor of the Boston Traveler. And in 1881 he assumed the same position on the Boston Transcript, remaining there until 1903, when he went to live abroad. Mr. Apthorp was for a time the program editor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also lectured at the leading American colleges. He is the author of several books, among which may be remembered the Life of Hector Berlioz, Musicians and Music Lovers, and numerous translations."(Hubbard, p. 306). "His recent [c.1882] lectures on the history of music, in the Lowell Institute, were scholarly efforts, and were repeated in Baltimore, Brooklyn and other cities." (Elson, Supplement, p. 3) "From 1892 to 1901 he wrote the program notes for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was a lexicographer for Scribner's Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians." (Grant, p. 69) "Apthorp wrote the concert notes and the entr'acte column for the BSO Programme book from 14 October 1892 to 4 May 1901. (Brian, p. 161)
Early in November 1880 Dwight recorded: "Mr. Wm. F. Apthorp's course of six lectures on the History of Music, from the days of St. Ambrose down to Wagner, will commence at the Lowell Institute next Monday evening. The topics of the several lectures are given in the advertisement in the daily papers. We fear we only tantalize too many of our readers, for we learn that about all the tickets were at once taken up. But the lectures might be repeated elsewhere." (Dwight, November 20, 1880, p. 192)
In his history of the Boston Transcript, Apthorp is described as "an accomplished scholar and linguist, speaking all the leading languages of Europe, including Turkish, and being deeply versed in musical and dramatic literature. It was quite impressive, in the outer room, to hear his conversation in German, French, Italian, or Spanish, in meeting musical geniuses from abroad. Now and then, his criticisms may have appeared somewhat too redolent of erudition." (Chamberlin, p. 206)
The NATIONAL CYCLOPEDIA article describes Apthorp in the following manner: "Mr. Apthorp's intelligent appreciation of music and years of study under various masters and in different schools made him a singularly scholarly and vivacious oracle on musical matters. His articles were always interesting. He not only had the power to be serious, but could be witty and whimsical, and even fantastic, and he also had the faculty of fitting the mood to the occasion. He was a delightful master of the art of music criticism, refined but not fastidious, catholic and tolerant but discriminating...He died at la Tour-de-Peil, Vevey, near Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 19, 1913."(NAT. CYC., pp. 130-131)
Apthorp was an active member of the Harvard Musical Association. For their "special meeting and supper" on May 20, 1886 which was held to celebrate the opening of their new rooms at 11 Park Square, he and Dr. Langmaid and Mr. P. H. Powers sang to the accompaniment of Arthur Foote. (HMA Bulletin No. 11)
"House of W. F. Apthorp" published in the July 5, 1890 issue of the "American Architect and Building News."
The water to the right of the house is the Charles River, looking west.
Apthorp married Octavie Loir Iasigi "of Boston, a hospitable, gracious woman and a leader of society. The family resided at 14 Otis Place in Boston and spent their summers at their cottage in Nahant. They had one son, Algernon." (Nelson, p. 280) However, before they bought the 14 Otis Place house, they lived with his parents at 2 Otis Place. The entry in the 1880 Census listed Robert E. Apthorp, aged 69, in Real estate; Elizabeth, aged 68, keeping house; William F., aged 32, pianist; and Octiva, aged 23, at home. The household was supported by three servants. (1880 Census Form) The song composer Clayton Johns describes the musical household kept by the Apthorps. "Among other interesting houses in the Boston of those days let me not forget that of Mr. and Mrs. Apthorp. For many years their Sunday evenings were unique. Many times during the winter they gave little dinners of six or eight people, usually having some 'high-light' guest like Paderewski, Melba, Sarah Bernhardt, Coquelin, or Salvini. After dinner, special friends were invited to meet the honored guest. Mrs. Gardner and Gericke were always there. Besides, there were members of the younger set-youth and beauty for decoration. Mr. and Mrs. Apthorp were rare entertainers, given to hospitality in its best sense. Later in the evening, beer and cigars lent a Bohemian air to the occasions. Mrs. Apthorp appeared, carrying a large pitcher of beer in one hand, beer mugs hanging from each finger of her other hand. As Blue Laws still obtained, dancing was not allowed until, after midnight, but then it was 'On with the dance.'" (Johns, pp. 71 and 72) The singer Clara Kathleen Rogers (Clara Doria) wrote: "The Apthorps' 'Sunday evenings,' though also informal, were different in kind. Music was only incidental, never prearranged nor indispensable. The evening reception was always preceded by a little dinner party, where the distinguished stranger of the occasiion was entertained...Wiliam F. Apthorp's position as musical and dramatic critic on the 'Boston Evening Transcript' brought him, naturally, together with many interesting and notable people, who were glad to be entertained in so free and easy a way by a genial host and hostess, under whose roof they were also brought into contact with many of the best and most agreeable people that Boston society could offer." (Rogers, TWO LIVES, p. 189) Arthur Foote's daughter Katharine remembered the Sunday evenings at the Apthorps: "There my parents met many more of the great figures of the world of music, art, literature and the stage, among them Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, Sara Bernhardt, the Kendalls-a husband and wife team who were the Lunts of their day, Eleanora Duse, Melba, and many more that I have forbotten." (Tara, Foote, p. 70) "A connoisseur of culinary delights, he was known to don apron and bonnet de chef and whip up some gourmet cuisine." (Nelson, p. 282) The Apthorps's place in the Boston social scene is reflected by the report in the Globe's "Table Gossip" that "Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Apthorp, who will stay abroad some time are now in Dresden, where they will remain a month or two longer." (Globe, February 3, 1907, p. 50) "A diligent a worker as he was, his social circle was wide. he was a member of the Harvard Musical Association, the St. Botolph Club, the Tavern Club, and the Papyrus Club, where he served a term as president." (Nelson, p. 282)
In February 1876 Hans von Bulow wrote to his former wife, who was then Cosima Wagner, asking her to use her influence with "the New York Tribune" to hire as their American correspondent at Bayreuth, William Apthorp." He described him as a "serious-minded and excellent young man (a former pupil of Mr. B. J. Lang), of Boston, who speaks (and writes) French, German, and American equally well and is far superior to the Englishman being considered" whom von Bulow described as "a semi-musician, three parts ignorant, who writes English badly." (Eckart, p.276) Probably Apthorp first became acquainted with von Bulow through Lang.
The "Harvard Musical Review" of March 1913 printed the following: "William Foster Apthorp, '69. Born at Boston, MA, Oct. 24, 1848 and died at La Tour de Peilz, near Vevey, Switzerland, Feb. 19, 1913. The death of William Foster Apthorp cannot fail to call forth the regret and sympathy of all Harvard men who care for high standards in Music. From his college days he was keenly interested in everything that concerned the progress of music in America. Of an old Boston family, growing up in an atmosphere of cultivation, he eagerly supplemented his naturally keen tastes by long and serious study in Europe. The distinguishing traits of his personality were his remarkable receptivity to the new and the good of all schools, his truly Latin warmth of appreciation, and the breadth of his perceptions in every line of artistic endeavor. His musical criticism was enriched by his through knowledge of painting, literature and the drama at an epoch when most critics were content to write in the critical idiom of their own craft alone. Belonging to a profession in which the ability to enjoy is too often gradually submerged by a growing passion for destructive analysis, he retained his primitive enthusiasms to a remarkable degree, and was able to infuse them spontaneously into his articles. For this reason his criticisms were inspiring, a source of encouragement to performers because of their wholesome recognition of the good, a force making for optimision in the listener because of their faith in the upward tendencies in musical art. His generous appreciation of Berlioz and Wagner (to name two notable instances) at a time when their position was debatable, was characteristic of his interpretation of the critic's function. His services as an editor were marked by receptivity and efficient breadth. His translations of Berlioz's writings, his essays 'Musicians and Music Lovers,' 'By the Way-About Music and Musicians,' collected from the program books of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he edited for nine years, and more especially his brilliant sketch of dramatic developments, 'Opera, Past and Present,' will remain as classics in the literature of American writings on music. In the annals of achievements by Harvard men in the field of music his name will stand out conspicuously for his breadth of cultivation, genial personality, and his indomitable enthusiasm for musical art." (Harvard Musical Review, p. 1)
"He was undoubtedly one of the greatest critics America has produced. His work was strikingly individual and independent, and always constructive. His intimate acquaintance with the languages and his deep knowledge of literature and philosophy contributed largely to his success as a writer. He was an incessant worker and ceased his labors only because of failing eyesight. He bore this affliction. However, with the greatest fortitude and never lost his contagious humor. Notwithstanding a certain pride of family and position, he was very democratic, though his exceeding diffidence was often misunderstood by those who did not know his natural shyness. He was married in 1876 to Octavie Loir Iasigi. He died in Vevey, Switzerland , whither he had gone in 1903 after giving up active work." (DIC AM. BIOG., 336) Grant stated that the reason for Apthorp's retirement was that he was "going blind from all these toils,"-the toils being his BSO program notes, the books that he had written. (Grant, p. 69) "Their spacious arartment, situated high in a hotel of that resort town, overlooked Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. It was their intenion to return to Boston some day, as they maintained their Boston ties and even left some furniture. When his Boston friends visited they were distressed at his worsening health. He suffered from cataracts, which were successfully corrected with surgery. He was long afflicted with a bronchial cough, which weakened his heart. Apthorp died in Vevey, 19 February 1913, and was burried there." (Nelson, pp. 281 and 282) In 1911 the Apthorps did return to America. The Journal ran the headline, "APTHORPS TO BE WARMLY WELCOMED-Coming to Nahant Later in Season for First Time in Years." This was to be "their first appearance here in many seasons since taking up residence in Europe." (Journal, July 14, 1911, p. 6, GenBank) In the same Society Section written by Dolly Adams, it was mentioned: "Mrs. Oscar Iasigi has arrived at her estate in Stockbridge, 'Clovercliffe,' with her daughter Miss Nora Iasigi, after a trip to Europe, wher Miss Iasigi was presented at court in London" (Ibid)
W. S. B. Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 369.
Dwight recorded: "The readers of the Evening Transcript are to be congratulated on the fact them Mr. William F. Apthorp has undertaken the duties of musical critic in that bright and independent, no longer 'little' paper, succeeding Mr. Clement, who assumes the chair of editor-in-chief. Mr. F. H. Jenks looks after the theatres, etc." (Dwight, June 18, 1881, p. 1000) "Mr. William F. Apthorp is one of the few young men of active mind and liberal culture who, after graduating at Harvard University, has devoted himself to music as a profession. As a teacher, especially of harmony and composition, and as a critic, he has for some years ranked among the best we have. (Dwight, February 12, 1881, p. 27) Dwight felt that Apthorp's lectures on the history of music given for the Lowell Institute (and illustrated by a small choir) where worthy of being published. The series of six, first published in The Boston Traveler were offered by Dwight "after a careful revision by the author," and Dwight felt that it would take at least a dozen numbers of his Journal to present them in full. (Dwight, February 12, 1881, p. 27)
In 1878 The Boston Evening Transcript was described as being "an independent Republican newspaper," which had been begun in 1830, making it the oldest evening paper in New England. "The present quarters are in a large and handsome building, at the corner of Washington and Milk Streets, erected to replace the office burned by the Great Fire of 1872. It is one of the most commodious and elegant in the city. The Transcript occupies a field practically without a rival. It is the largest daily in New England, is of quarto form, handsomely printed on good paper...It is pre-eminently a family paper, and its circulation is chiefly among the wealthy and intelligent people of Boston and its suburbs. (King, pp. 147 and 148) The terms "quiet and dignified" were used to describes the paper's comtent and presentation.
During 1886-87 Apthorp delivered a course of six lectures "at the Lowell Institute...repeating four at Hawthorn Rooms." (MYB 1886-87, p. 50)
An example of Apthorp's character is found in his letter to Otto Dressel's widow:
Autograph letter: Collection of J. W. Johnston.
In addition to W. F. Apthorp, the listing for the last monthly social meeting of the Harvard Musical Association on June 7, 1878 also included R. E. Apthorp and H.[Harrison] O.[Otis] Apthorp.
In December 1900 The New York Times printed a story about Mrs. Apthorp:" "WEARS HER HAT IN THEATRES - Mrs. Apthorp of Boston Refuses to Comply with City Ordinance. BOSTON, Dec. 11. Mrs. William F. Apthorp, wife of the musical critic, and sister of Joseph A. Iasigi the former Turkish Consul at this port, who is now at the Massachusetts State prison, is evidently out on a crusade against the theatre hat ordinance, which has been in force in Boston for three years. Mrs. Apthorp is hardly second to Mrs. 'Jack' Gardner as the social queen of Boston, and is very elaborately dressed when she goes out in public. Last evening, with her husband, she occupied an orchestra stall at the Hollis Street Theatre and did not remove her bonnet when the curtain rose. An usher requested her to do so, but Mrs. Apthorp declined to comply. The management was appealed to and the lady was informed that she must either remove her hat or leave the theatre. She chose the latter alternative and went home and wrote a letter about it to The Evening Transcript. This evening Mrs. Apthorp went to the Boston Museum and again refused to remove her bonnet. This time she fared a little differently, Manager Field taking her to his box behind the curtain, while Mr. Apthorp remeined in his seat." (Internet archive source: The New York Times, December 12, 1900) As late as 1919 the law was still on the books, and thus each BSO program book had the following notice printed on the Programme Page: "City of Boston, revised Regulation of August 5, 1898, - Chapter 3, relating to the covering of the head in places of public amusement. Every licensee shall not, in his place of amusement, allow any person to wear upon the head a covering which obstructs the view of the exhibition or performance in such place of any person seated in any seat therein provided for spectators, it being understood that a low head covering without projection, which does not obstruct such view, may be worn. Attest: J. M. Galvin, City Clerk." (BSO Program for May 2/3, 1919, p. 1293) A further notice was added by the BSO management: "The ladies of the audience are earnestly requested not to put on hats before the end of the number." (Ibid)
Arlington Club. Male voice choir first conducted by Mr. W. J. Winch and then by George Whitefield Chadwick had given "a series of concerts during each of the past five years." (Boston Musical Year Book, Vol. 1 1883-84, p. 57) In the 1884-85 edition of the Boston Musical Year Book, it was reported that "the Arlington Club did not reorganize." (BMYB 1884-85, p. 56)
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Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
Baermann, Carl. From a long line of musicians; his grandfather, "was one of the most brilliant clarinettists of the world, and was a close friend of Weber and Mendelssohn, both of whom wrote compositions for him." "Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., p. 287) He appeared as piano soloist with the BSO in 26 programs between 1882 and 1899-this would average about 2 and 1/3rd. appearances per season. (Howe, BSO, p. 245) Born in Bavaria in 1839, he was part of a family that had musical talent passed on for many generations. He began at the Munich Conservatory in 1850, "and in 1857 spent some time with Liszt. A quiet life of teaching followed, and in 1864 he married...In 1867 the Royal School of Music was formed in Munich, and he became one of the teachers of the higher grades of piano playing." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5) Later Elson wrote that Baermann "was one of the pupils of Liszt, not merely in name, but in fact, for he possesses the most laudatory letters from that master, and was literally one of his favorites...In 1881, Professor Baermann received a furlough of two years [from the Royal Music School of Munich] in order that he might visit America. The visit resulted in a permanent residence in this country" (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., p. 288) In 1882 he had just made an appearance with the Philharmonic Society in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto which produced the comment that he was "one of the best pianists it [Boston] had recently heard," and that the concert had been "one of the most notable moments of the last season." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5) From 1881 "and for almost twenty-five years this teacher and pianist has been a leader in classical piano music in the United States. His pupils represent almost every state in the republic, and many of them have become famous in their own right." (Elson, Hist., p. 288)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 288.
Wood, THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BOSTON, 1899, facing p. 331.
Baptist Church of Boston, First. Rollin Heber Neale, D. D. was the minister from 1837 until 1877. His tenure began at the Third Meeting House (1829-1854). He was described as "an earnest and often eloquent preacher. He had a genius for friendships." (Wood, p. 332) Five years after he was installed he arranged for a series of revival meetings early in 1842 led by the Rev. Jacob Knapp, "one of the most notable evangelists whom this century has produced." (Ibid) "The whole city was greatly stirred," (Ibid) and soon over three hundred new members joined the church. But very quickly the spirit died, and Rev. Neale, during the following ten years was not able to stop the decline. The neighborhood also changed from residential to more a business area, and so the church decided to build a new sanctuary on Somerset Street, its fourth meeting house.
Wood, THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BOSTON, 1899, facing p. 334.
This new building was dedicated on January 11, 1855, and was large enough to seat "one thousand persons." (Wood, p. 334) The interior was in the Gothic Style, and it had a tall steeple, "which, standing on the summit of Beacon Hill, was one of the landmarks of the city. It was visible for many miles. (Ibid, p. 335) "Its steeple became a landmark, a skyline neighbor to the State House dome, both of them clearly visible from the harbor. The peculiar lines of that steeple led to the humorous nickname, the 'church of the holy asparagus.'...The 1850s were shot through with the fierce national debate over slavery. In 1845 the Southern Baptists, because of the slavery issue, had drawn off and organized separately" (Brush, p. 39) Unfortuneately this new location did not help the church grow. "Families were moving away, and new baptist churches were springing up in other sections of the city." (Wood, p. 335) Through all of this Neale presided in what was to become a pastorate of forty years. It was at this point, early in the 1850s, that B. J. Lang became connected with this church. In 1877 the congregation merged with the Shawmet Avenue Church (corner of Shawmut Avenue and Rutland Street) [originally organized in 1856 as the Thirteenth Baptist Chuirch)], and "The old meeting-house was afterwards remodeled and used as the home of Boston University. The chapel of the University still  retains the former ceiling, windows, and pulpit furniture oif the room in which Dr. Neale preached from 1855 to 1877." (Ibid, 338) The church still  possed a painted portrait of Dr. Neale which was done soon after he began at the church in 1837. "He received one thousand two hundred and forty-one members into the church." (Ibid, p. 340)
Beethoven Hall. New in 1874, it was formally opened on Oct. 6, and it was to "supply the want which has been felt ever since the days of the Melodeon, of a music hall of moderate size, somewhere between a room for chamber music and the great Boston Music Hall." It was located nearly opposite the Globe Theatre in Washington Street, and it was entered from Gibbons Place. The total seating was 1526 with 885 on the floor and 641 in the balconies. These balconies were descibed as "very wide and rather low" which made one observer wonder what the sound was like in those seats. "The stage, which is partly in an arched recess, has a front of forty feet, and is twenty feet deep...Th seats are of the same comfortable style as those in use in Tremont Temple." (Dwight, October 17, 1874, p. 319) The Handel and Haydn Society rehearsed here, "but they had n't got the hang of the school-house" as they referred to it. (Perkins/Dwight, p. 352) It was a concert hall for only four years as it was renovated and re-opened as the Park Theatre in 1879. "The building survived until 1990, when it was razed." (Wikipedia, May 26, 2014)
Bendix, Max (b. Detroit, 1866 and d.) "Having appeared in public as violinist at eight, before twenty gained orchestral experience under conductors like Thomas, Van der Stucken and Seidl. His training as soloist was chiefly with Jacobsohn [Berlin]. In 1886 he was concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera House and also concertmaster and assistant-conductor of the Thomas Orchestra, remaining with the latter ten years, during which he was assistant and successor to Thomas at the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. Concertizing alone or with the Bendix Quartet occupied the years 1897-1903. He conducted the orchestra at the World's Fair at St. Louis in 1904. The next season he was concertmaster for the Wagnerian performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York... in 1915 he was conductor of the Exposition Orchestra at the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco. Since then he has devoted himself to teaching in New York." (Pratt, p. 129)
Upton, MUSICAL MEMORIES, facing p. 54.
Bergmann, Carl. Conductor who was removed as conductor for the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 thus giving B. J. his chance to conduct this von Bulow world premier performance. "The story of Bergmann's American career begins with the Germania Musical Society of Berlin. This was an orchestra of twenty-five young Germans who came together in 1848 with the conviction that democracy was 'the most complete principle of human society' and with the motto 'One for all, and all for one.' The private orchestras they had manned, and the nobility that owned and enjoyed them, were jeopardized by political turmoil. The Germanians' constitution stipulated self-government, 'equal rights, equal duties, equal rewards.' Naturally, they resolved to set sail for America. In England, where they stopped first, they proved their mettle. They were urged to stay in London, but were set on reaching the New World. In New York, they established new standards. They toured extensively." (Horowitz, Wagner, p. 39) After their first conductor decided to stay in Baltimore, Bergmann took over. "Eventually, the Germanians gave over nine hundred concerts in the United States. "(Ibid) William Apthorp writing in 1896 remembered hearing the group in the early 1860s. "I can still remember the Germania concerts under Carl Bergmann's regime, just before he went to New York and was succeeded by Mr. Zerrahn... At one of the afternoon public rehearsals, -for there were afternoon public rehearsals then, as now, -all the seats on the floor of the Music Hall had been taken up [i.e., removed], and the small audience occupied the galleries. There used to be no printed programs at these rehearsals, but Bergmann would announce the several numbers viva voce - and often in the most remarkable English. One of the numbers on the occasion I speak of was the Railroad Galop (composer unknown), during the playing of which a little steam-engine kept scooting about (by clock-work?) on the floor of the hall, with black cotton-wool smoke coming out of its funnel. I have a vague recollection, too, of another rehearsal, at which something nefarious had happened to the heating apparatus, so that the temperature was somewhere in the forties. Dresel played a concerto with his overcoat on, the sleeves partly rolled up and the bright red satin lining flashing in the faces of the audience. Brignoli sang something too, in a black cape that made him look like Don Ottavio?and persisted in singing with his back to the audience. (Apthorp, "Entr'acte," March 7 and 8 1896 BSO Program Book, p. 593) When the orchestra disbanded in 1854, Bergmann decided to stay in New York. "There he scored the pivotal success of his career on April 21, 1855. Theodore Eisfeld had fallen ill, and Bergmann was enlisted to replace him for a Philharmonic concert at Niblo's Garden. His rendition of the Tannhauser Overture took musical New York by storm... The Philharmonic's directors responded by engaging Bergmann to lead all the orchestra's concerts in 1855-56, commencing a twenty-year relationship...It was Wagner that Bergmann could not program often enough... On April 4, 1859, Bergmann conducted the whole of Tannhauser?the first American staging of a Wagner opera... By 1873, however, his laziness and lager consumption were topics of loud complaint. His mood dipped, his health decayed, his drinking increased. Only the orchestra's affection for him prolonged his tenure. On March 17, 1876, he could not rehearse. His resignation was requested six days later. Then his wife died. According to the New York Tribune's obituary of August 14, 1876: 'From that time he rapidly declined in health and spirits, living a solitary and retired life, and shunning the company of his former associates. About a week ago he was obliged to seek refuge at the German Hospital, where he died on Thursday night at 11 o'clock.''(Horowitz, Wagner, p. 43) In America Bergmann had done much to introduce Wagner. As early as 1853 he had presented in Boston excerpts from Lohengrin, which was just three years after Liszt, had conducted the world premier in Weimar. "His 1866 performance of the Tristan Prelude, with the Philharmonic followed by exactly nine months the Tristan premier in Munich," but in this instance he was only second as Thomas had "already conducted the same work with his orchestra a month before." (Horowitz, Wagner, pp. 45 and 46) "By the time that Bergmann dies, Theodore Thomas had eclipsed him as an influential proponent of the Music of the Future. Thomas's Wagner advocacy would peak after 1880. Meanwhile, another advocates helped sustain Wagner's lively and controversial presence in American musical affairs. The leading Wagner conductor to visit the United States in these years was Hans von Bulow, who had led the premiers of Tristan and Die Meistersinger." (Ibid, p. 47)
Boston. In 1878 the population of the city of Boston was 375,000, but "Within twelve miles of the City Hall there is a population of about 625,000." (King, p. 20)
Boston Daily Advertiser- see Newspapers.
The Boston Choral Union. Dwight wrote of a "new oratorio society, the Boston Choral Union, under the direction of Mr. J. C. D. Parker, has plans, we hear, of more enlarged activity." (Dwight, August 28, 1869, p. 95) On the same page Dwight made mention of the New St. Cecilia Club that he hoped would grow "to rival the excellence of its prototype, the Caecilen-Verein of Frankfort on the Main!" (Ibid) The Boston Choral Union, Mr. Eugene Thayer, conductor, gave a concert at Wait's Hall, Jan. 31st. . (Dexter Smith's, March 1872, p. 53)
Boston Conservatory of Music. "The name of a new music school on a large scale, which went into operation last Monday, after short notice, in the new white marble building upon Tremont Street, partly occupied by Messrs. Mason and Hamlin. Its founder and director is Mr. Julius Eichberg, which is in itself a good guaranty of thorough, scientific teaching and artistic tone and influence... Scarcely was the above announced, when by a sudden coup d' etat a 'New England Conservatory' dropped down from the clouds, captured the Music Hall, flooded Boston with grandiloquent Circulars, created 'Professors' by the score, and, gathering up pupils fast, is ready to open next Monday. It is under the direction of Mr. Eben Tourjee from Providence, and Mr. Robert Goldbeck from New York. Perhaps the more the merrier. But we must pause, observe and think." (Dwight, February 16, 1867, p. 399) An ad in 1872 noted the address as 154 Tremont Street (Opposite the Common), and that "The rates of instruction are extremely low and as there are but Four Pupils in a Class the most surprising results are attained." (Dexter Smith's magazine, February 1872, p. 46) In May 1872 it was reported, "The Boston Conservatory has instructed, since its inauguration in 1862, more than four thousand pupils." (Folio, May 1872)
Boston Evening Transcript- see Newspapers.
Boston Globe- see Newspapers.
Boston Journal- see Newspapers.
Boston Museum. Opened in 1841, in July 1842 it advertised in the Boston Transcript that "its picture gallery as the coolest room in the city" was the place to be as the temperature that day was 92 degrees." (Chamberlin, p. 72) "Mr. Julius Eichberg manages the orchestra at the Boston Museum with artistic skill. He loses no time in 'tuning up,' but plays steadily and faithfully from the going down of the curtain until the rising thereof. This selection of operatic and patriotic pieces, as also of polkas and waltzes are in the best taste, and his medleys are often received with marked applause. His own solos are worth the price of admission, when he chooses to introduce them, but the modesty of the man is not less noteworthy than his extraordinary power and finish of execution upon his favorite violin." (BMT, December 6, 1862, p. 147) "At the Boston Museum, attractive comedies are nightly offered-Early in January, John Wilkes Booth commences an engagement." (BMT, January 3, 1863, p. 164) However by 1865 the size of the orchestra had been reduced: "The Museum band has always been too small, but it has this season suffered a reduction. So far as we can learn, the cause of this reduction is, that the musicians, who were last year paid fourteen dollars a week, now ask seventeen and a half, - the regular 'Union' price; - and the manager decides to save the addition to the salaries he must pay by discharging several players. With eight instruments, one first violin only, and that the leader's, and no violincello or horns, - it is impossible to present such music as the patrons of a theatre which claims to stand in the first rank have a right to demand, and it is absurd to try. Mr. Eichberg deserves the warmest sympathy in the exceedingly laborious and unpleasant predicament in which he has been placed by this unaccountably penurious freak of a manager." (BMT, October 7, 1865, p. 143) This situation probably led to Eichberg's move to New York the next year.
Clark's Boston Blue Book, 1888, p. 314. Seating Capacity, 2,397.
Clark's Boston Blue Book, 1888, p. 315.
Boston Music Hall. 2,397 seats. Now (2007) called the Orpheum Theatre. "This huge building, 130 feet by 78 feet by 65 feet high, sat in the center of a block that sloped downward from Tremont to Washington Street and was between Winter Street on the south and Bromfield on the North. From alleys off Bromfield, the sharp slope of the hill made the hall's massive block granite foundation appear to be holding up some great medieval fortress, with only the moat missing. Within the hall, two tiers of galleries on each side held three rows each, and two more on the north end were more commodious. An orchestra and organ platform was at the southern extremity facing a flat main floor... Blue and white moreen upholstered chairs, with white ivory numbered tabs at their tops, held an audience of about 2,500 patrons. The Boston Music Hall had three spacious entrances: Bumstead Place and Hamilton Place were off Tremont Street, while Central or Winter Place (later Music Hall Place) was off Winter Street. Wide connecting corridors ran around the auditorium. All lighting came from above; gaslights were installed at ceiling height on windowed cornices, affording indirect illumination" (King, p. 43) "Opened in [November] 1852, the theatre has hosted everything from vaudeville to symphony to movies and is now a rock concert venue. The original entrance was on Washington Street (just down the street from the old Paramount and RKO Keiths/Opera House), in the heart of Boston's downtown shopping district, but that entrance was turned into a retail store and patrons now must walk down a back alley to get in... Originally it had 3 entrances, the one mentioned on Washington Street, the current one from the alley called (I think) Hamilton Place, and one off Winter Street via the alley called 'Music Hall Place.' The theatre was first a music hall, then had a mezzanine and balconies added by architect Clarence Blakhall... the area at the Music hall Place entrance is now part of the food court for a conglomeration of retail stores called 'The Corner' which replaced Gilchrist's department store in the 80s." (Entry for Orpheum Theatre"). "The Boston Music Hall was built in 1852, after a donation of $100,000 was made by the Harvard Musical Association towards its construction. Ten years later, the members of the Association raised an additional $60,000 to install in the hall an organ built in Germany by Walker. It was regarded as the largest organ in the United States, containing 5,474 pipes and 84 registers... The organ is now in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, in Methuen, Massachusetts." (Boston Music Hall" entry in Wikipedia.org). This entry has a picture of the room that shows two balconies in the same configuration as Symphony Hall, Boston. Nutter adds that the $100,000 "was raised in the astonishing period of sixty days. The committee [from the Harvard Musical Association] chose the architect, supervised his plans (the plot was of irregular and curious shape, presenting him with problems), attended to every detail. The building rose quickly, watched by an interested and excited populace. When finally erected it could hold over 2,000 persons." (Nutter, p. 11) A prosperous coach-maker, John Bumstead, owned the plot. "His house was surrounded by a spacious flower garden and his court would permit a vehicular lane to Bromfield Street and one to Winter Street which could be used as exits for the carriages bringing the gentry to the hall." (Nutter, pp. 10 and 11) The address was called Bumstead Place, and then later Hamilton Place. John Dwight is credited with most of the work on this project. (Nutter, p. 100)
Boston Music School. This school began the fall 1865 term "under the most favorable auspices." Located in the Fraternity Hall at 524 Washington Street, "the course of instruction pursued at this institution is very through, and as a consequence its graduates are accomplished, theoretical musicians... The price of tuition per term is $36, and this secures an extent and quality of instruction which is not to be obtained elsewhere. The instructors for the new term will be Messrs. B. F. Baker, J. W. Adams, William Shultze, John W. Tufts, George H. Howard, and Wulf Fries, every one of whom is a musical professor." (BMT, October 7, 1865, p. 145) Both the New England and Boston Conservatories were to open in February 1867.
Boston Musical Times. Feb. 23, 1860-August 1871. "The first and second volumes were issued fortnightly, then it became a monthly review of music, art, and literature... It contained articles, bulletins of publications, correspondence, some original compositions and advertising." (Ayars, p. 80)
Boston Oratorio Society. Gave Gounod's Redemption in 1883 with pianoforte and organ accompaniment. (Boston Musical Year Book, Vol. 1 1883-84, p. 57)
Boston Orchestras. GERMANIA.
PHILHARMONIC. "I am under the impression that they were mainly, if not wholly, a private enterprise of Mr. Zerrahn's. They were subscription concerts, given in the evening, with (I think) a preliminary public rehearsal in the afternoon. They were given in the Music Hall, for the most part, though at times in the Boston Theatre, and were for years the principal orchestral concerts in the city. The orchestra was somewhat larger than of the Orchestral Union. The concerts foundered during the hardest years of the war, a little later the Wednesday afternoon concerts of the Orchestral Union had struck colours; when they stopped, I think the Orchestral Union plucked up courage again, and continued giving concerts until the H. M. A. began." (Swan-Apthorp, p. 77) ORCHESTRAL UNION (1860s) "The orchestra of the Orchestral Union... had been miserably small. I doubt if any of my generation, certainly of those whose experience did not extend to New York or the other side of the Atlantic, had ever heard a well-balanced orchestra. Our notions of orchestral effect were derived from what we heard. I remember distinctly how impossible it was for me, at the time I speak of [1860-70], to understand what older musicians meant by calling the strings the 'main power' in an orchestra. In all orchestras I had heard, the wood-wind-let alone the brass and percussion-was more powerful dynamically than the often ridiculously small mass of strings; especially as the then wind-players seldom cultivated the art of playing piano."(Swan-Apthorp, p. 76). "What a time of it that old Orchestral Union had! Their concerts came on Wednesday afternoons, and were well attended at first... But, with the war, the audiences began to drop off, as times grew harder. The orchestra was an exceedingly variable quantity: there were only two horns, and a second bassoon was not to be thought of. The second bassoon-part had to be played on a 'cello; and uninitiated visitors used sometimes to wonder what that solitary 'cello was doing in the midst of the wood-wind. Hamann, the first horn, had little technique, but a good tone, and was moreover an excellent musician; he had a fad of playing the easier Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven horn-parts on a real plain horn, which he had had made to order, and regarded with unconcealed affection. I think there were hardly ever more than six first violins: I certainly remember one performance of Beethoven's A major symphony with only three first violins and two second. The solitary bassoonist was conspicuous by his singularity, not by his virtuosity." (Swan-Apthorp, p. 73) Apthorp goes on to say that the special orchestra of almost 100 players that was arranged for the Handel and Haydn demi-centennial festival of 1865 changed this.
Seating Plan: Boston Theatre. From BOSTON MANUAL of 1888. Johnston Collection.
Boston Post- see Newspapers.
Boston Singers' Society- see Osgood.
Boston Theater. Used by Gottschalk in 1863. "The Dress-circle - that is, all of the first balcony behind the first two rows of seats - was cut up into open boxes, the partitions coming up no higher than the arms of the seats. But I could never discover that people 'took a box;' the seats were sold separately, just as if the partitions did not exist. The entrance to the top gallery was fifty cents, though it was afterwards raised to a dollar. The opera orchestras were pretty small, and not of the best quality; but, as the huge modern opera scores had not come in, the parts were generally well enough filled... there were generally four horns." (Swan-Apthorp, p. 74) Located in Federal Street, it had been opened on June 30, 1846 "with great ceremony, and with public proceedings including a prize poem by Mrs. Frances S. Osgood." (Chamberlin, p. 209) The new and second Boston Theatre opened on September 11, 1854... The auditorium was 90 feet in diameter, circular yet slightly flattening toward the stage. The distance from the main curtain to the rear of the parquette was 80 feet; ceiling height was 54 feet. A space of 10 to 12 feet on the edge of the parquette, nearly parallel with the front curve of the first tier, was separated from the main seating and slightly raised. The entire parquette floor was constructed in a dishing form varying several feet. First and second balconies rose in horseshoe shape and were topped by the gallery. Hanging in front and a little below the first or dress circle was a light balcony containing two rows of seats. Each tier had 11 boxes in its center, separate from the remainder of its circle. The gallery extended back over the corridors below, affording a greater number of seats... A large 'digital-like' clock was part of the upper proscenium arch... The stage area was below Mason Street level and was 67 feet in depth from main curtain... The theatre covered 26,149 square feet of land and enjoyed a seating capacity of 3,140 as late as 1901." (King, p. 45)
Boylston Club. Organized in 1873 (Ritter, p. 393) "This society, composed exclusively of gentlemen, was organized in February, 1872. During the ensuing season several pleasant evening entertainments were given, but not until Feb. 21, 1873, that the first real concert occurred. The second season, which was opened with a public rehearsal at Parker Memorial Hall, Nov. 28, 1873, proved a prosperous one, and soon the Club took its place among the recognized and influential musical organizations of Boston. In 1875 Carlyle Petersilea became its pianist, a post which he still [c. 1883] retains. In 1876 it was voted to invite ladies to assist at the concerts, but the membership is still exclusively male. Eben Phinney was its first director, but was soon succeeded by J. B. Sharland. Mr. Sharland resigned his position in 1875, when George L. Osgood became director, a capacity in which he still (Jan., 1883) acts. Under his able leadership the Club not only continued to prosper but improved its high musical standard, so largely due to the efforts of Mr. Sharland. The performances of the Club are of the highest order." (Jones, p. 17) "Boston has still another male chorus called the Boylston Club, which comprises excellent material. It is destined to occupy a high position." (Dexter Smith, April 1873, p. 93) "Formed May 1873... rehearsed for a long time privately under Mr. J. B. Sharland... It took a fresh start when Mr. George L. Osgood took the helm... The choir then numbered about a hundred male voices... In 1877 the club mated itself with an equally large and select choir of female voices." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 453) Allen A Brown's "Index" Vol. I lists repertoire from December 22, 1873 to May 18, 1881, but the first program preserved in this volume is for a "Public Rehearsal" held on Thursday May 29, 1873 with the Beethoven Quintette Club as assisting artists?they performed two movements from the Mendelssohn Quintette, Opus 87 and two movements from Rubinstein's Quartette Opus 17, No. 3; the players were Messrs. Allen, Heindl, Mullaly, and Wulf Fries; no choral conductor is listed, and at the end of the repertoire list the only conductors mentioned were J.B. Sharland and Geo. L Osgood-B. J. Lang is not mentioned! Dwight referred to this group as the "younger rival" of the Apollo Club in his review of June 28, 1873. He attended their May 29th. concert "on one of the hottest evenings of the season... up endless flights of stairs in the spacious and elegant new Odd Fellows Hall, this company of some forty young, fresh voices, under the very efficient conductorship of Mr. Sharland, sang a selection of part-songs by composers most in vogue, with agreeable ensemble of tone, such unity and precision and such well studied light and shade as to give great pleasure to an appreciative audience." However, he went on to advocate for mixed voices whose repertoire was vastly greater than that of men's choirs. Like many other singing groups, variety in the program was provided by instrumental movements?in this case the Beethoven Quintette presented selections from a Quintet by Mendelssohn and an Quartet by Rubinstein."(Dwight, June 28, 1873, p. 47) Dwight again referred to this group in his review of their December 22, 1873 concert given at the Music Hall as the "younger club" in relation to the Apollo Club. He felt that "In fresh, pure vocal ensemble the young club rivals the Apollo; but it is by no means so rich in solo singers, nor is the musical experience of its members as yet such that it may attempt the same high flights." (Dwight, January 10, 1874, p. 159) The conductor for this concert was Mr. J. B. Sharland and the Beethoven Quintette Club again assisted this time with the Andante from the Quintette in A by Mendelssohn and the Allegretto, Minuet and Trio from Beethoven's Eighth Symphony.
On January 15, 1875 the choir sang at the Music Hall again under Mr. Sharland, and Dwight felt that "The quality and balance of the voices, and the precision, style and finish of their execution was highly creditable to the singers and their instructor." (Dwight, January 23, 1875, p. 375) This concert was the first where a conductors name was listed in the program. Jones lists his time as conductor as from the autumn of 1872 until April 1875. (Jones, p. 153) However, soon there was a change. Less than six months later "The Boylston Club sung this time under their new conductor, M. George L. Osgood, who had been with them only a few weeks, so that the results of his training could hardly yet be very marked. In the repetition of the Concert the improvement was decided. There is a fine body of fresh young voices, and they sing with spirit." In addition to the choral numbers, five male soloists were used, and the accompanist, Mr. Petersilea contributed a solo. (Dwight, June 26, 1875, p. 47) The program for their May 31, 1875 concert is the first to list the members of the choir: there were 16 First Tenors, 17 Second Tenors, 16 First Basses, and 16 Second Basses. In October 1876 Dwight noted that Mr. George W. Sumner was taking over the post of accompanist from Mr. Petersilea, and that the Club "proposes to give five concerts this season, the first about the middle of November, and the repertoire has been enriched with several new and interesting works." But, as this group was just beginning its rehearsals, the Apollo had already given its "first public rehearsal to its associate members last Tuesday night at Horticultural Hall." (Dwight, October 14, 1876, p. 319) The Boylston Club concert of December 1876 caused Dwight to comment: "Never have the voices seemed so well balanced, the ensemble so finely blended, and the harmony so pure" of this group which now numbered "very near 100 voices." But Dwight did note "there is a limit to the charm of mere men's voices... and we are glad to learn that the Club is taking the initiative in affiliating with itself a chorus of mixed voices." (Dwight December 23, 1876, p. 359) This change in direction was indicated when Mr. Osgood wrote to the Globe on February 28, 1877 saying that the choir would continue to be of male voices, but that "a disciplined auxiliary chorus of female voices, all fresh and pure" would be formed. "By uniting these two separately-trained choruses, there results a third and complete chorus of mixed voices, known as the Boylston Vocal Society, also having its own separate drill... Many of the programmers in future will consist of two, three, four to eight, and even twelve voiced part songs for both male, female and mixed chorus, glees, catches, madrigals, and occasionally a larger work... The Boylston Club, nevertheless, will continue its own rehearsals as before, and will also, at proper intervals, give concerts with the male voices alone." (Dwight, March 17, 1877, p. 407) The Club's concert the following February began with Mendelssohn's music from Athalie with piano accompaniment by Mr. Petersilia, and "the effect of the choral mass was frequently enhanced by the judicious Organ accompaniment by Mr. G. W. Sumner." The concert "was as brilliant a success as any vocal Club has ever had in Boston." Dwight mentioned the "excellent performance of the same work [Athalie] by the Cecilia," but noted that this performance included spoken portions, and the "reading was of a superior order." (Dwight, March 2, 1878, p. 191) A year and one-half later the Boylston Club had nearly two hundred voices-this would seem to be the total of male and female voices, with much of the repertoire for the 1878-79 season being for mixed voices. However, the published intension was to still continue programming the "best" of male voice material: "The club has proved beyond a doubt that male part songs are heard at their best when they have the setting of female part-songs and mixed choral work." (Dwight, December 7, 1878, p. 351) Elson wrote that "In 1875 he [Osgood] assumed the directorship of the Boylston Club, a promising choral organization then in its third year, and soon refined its singing, aroused its enthusiasm, and gave to Boston one of the most noteworthy clubs in its musical history. Under Mr. Osgood's direction the perfection of its performances became known throughout America." (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., p. 252) Vol. 7 of the Musical Year Book reported: "The Boylston Club dissolved. The Boston Singers Society succeeded it." (MYB 1889-90, p. 26)
The HMA has programs from sixteen seasons of this choir.
Boylston Hall?corner of Boylston and Washington Streets (Elson, National, p. 279)
Brattle Square Church. Used by Lang for two full orchestra concerts in 1881 where he wanted to reproduce "as far as possible, the effect of a very large orchestra in a small place, as in the Gewandhaus at Leipzig and at the Conservatoire in Paris." It sat about 600.
Ryan, RECOLLECTIONS plate opposite p. 38.
Brown, Allen Augustus. Donated to the Boston Public Library "the largest musical library in the country, - a historical collection consisting not only of numerous scores and a tremendous amount of general musical literature, but also of arranged and classified data regarding musical performances, criticisms, notices, covering the last twenty years [c. 1880-1900]; in short, a unique collection such as must aid not only the general musician, but the musical historian, at every step." (Elson, Hist. Am. Music, p. 91) Pratt's entry included the facts that Brown was a businessman, and that the collection began with 7,000 volumes, but then grew by 1910 to 11,00 items, and later  to 15,000 items. "It is rich in many different directions-in scores of every sort, instrumental and vocal, in standard critical editions of the complete works of great composers, in historical, theoretical and critical works about music, in unique collections of programs, etc." (Pratt, p. 145) The current (2007) entry on the Boston Public Library Website adds that the first gift was made in 1895, and that the original gift of 6,990 volumes "had nearly tripled in size by his death in 1916. The collection continues to grow through purchases from trust funds, including the Allen A. Brown Fund, and now contains more than 40,000 books, scores, and manuscripts... By the terms of the gift, the original collection is housed in a specially designated area, and the books and other materials included in it are restricted to use in the Music Reading Room." (BPL Website, March 2007) Barbara Duncan, BPL Music Librarian writing in 1941 began her short notice with: "The life of Allen A. Brown was happy and enviable." She noted that he had been born in Boston, attended Roxbury Latin, and entered Harvard in the class of 1856. In college he began collecting the scores and books that were to become the nucleus of the collection that he presented to the BPL. He was a musical amateur "of more than ordinary attainments" - he played violin and had a fine tenor voice. He sang in church "and in the Foster, Parker, Chickering, Apollo, and Cecilia Societies for many years," and he was the secretary and librarian of "these singing societies and did an enormous amount of arranging, copying, and translating for them... The unique feature of the collection is the wealth of material with which he grangerized the volumes." Reviews, ticket stubs, anything related to the event were all included, and all was carefully indexed. "The Brown music library is an interesting example of what can be done with some money, knowledge of the subject, a love of collecting, and prodigious industry." (Duncan, pp. 12 and 13) Brown "has been one of the most earnest organizers of the Apollo, and his great musical library has always been at the disposal of the club, and has been of material service in many instances." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 3) He joined the St. Botolph Club in June 1889. (E-mail from Roger Howlett)
Paderewski, MEMOIRS facing page 104.
Von Bulow, Hans Guido. "Pupil and son-in-law of Liszt, intimate of Wagner (who rewarded his friendship by stealing his wife), Hans von Bulow was equally celebrated in Europe as conductor and pianist. He was perhaps the first of the modern virtuoso conductors, and both on the podium and at the piano he was one of the earliest to perform without a musical score." "Most of us are aware that he was among Liszt's most gifted pupils... Many of us know, too, that he prepared and conducted the world premiers of both Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg... During childhood he was discovered to have a photographic memory, this later extending to total recall of even the most elaborate orchestral scores... Bulow's other gift was his ready wit, his capacity for instant response... He never learned to control his tongue," but he did say "The New World is to be preferred to the Old in every respect." (Harrison-review of Walker, pp. 30 and 31)
Von Bulow elected to make his American debut in Boston, where John S. Dwight so welcomed his authoritative interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin that he forgave von Bulow his identification with Liszt, Wagner, and 'the Music of the Future.' Dwight even managed to tolerate the 'ultra-modern' music of a 'young professor at the Conservatory at Moscow': Peter Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, of which von Bulow's Boston performances were the first anywhere." (Sablosky, p. 93) Paderewski describes von Bulow as "very sarcastic, and sometimes even unjust on account of his being so witty?that is a quality which is always rather dangerous. He simply could not abstain from making witty remarks about people. He thoroughly enjoyed it." He was asked about a certain English conductor, and his response was: "He is a bus conductor! 'Why?' Why... because he is always behind!" (Paderewski, p. 123) Another example of von Bulow's wit was recorded by the soprano Clara Rogers (Clara Doria). When von Bulow "came to visit me at Ashburton Place we could talk freely together and exchange views on matters musical in America, he let himself go in his old sarcastic vein, slashing some of our leading musical lights without mercy, not hesitating to make use of the term 'pig' when irately dispose." (Rogers, Memories, p. 448) Rogers had studied piano with von Bulow in the late 1850s after she had graduated from the Leipzig Conservatory after a period of three years of study. "In my lessons with him... he allowed me to play only Chopin and Liszt, the latter an entirely new departure for a Leipzig graduate! He encouraged me to play with a freedom that almost amounted to license, and I soon became expert in the use of 'rubato,' an acquisition, by the way, which has since been invaluable to me as a singer. To be able to toy with rhythm, yet never lose the sense of it, is something which every artist must achieve." Von Bulow told Rogers: "Let me tell you what a very famous old violin player named Rhodes once said: 'It took me one half of my life to learn to play in time, and the other half to learn how to play out of time.'" (Rogers, Memories, pp. 195 and 196)
"Hans Guido von Bulow was considered to be the foremost pianist of the advanced school of pianoforte playing founded by Chopin, and developed by Liszt. While his repertoire included the master works of all styles and schools, and his technique was prodigious, he was distinguished more particularly for his wonderful memory, and it would be difficult to mention any work of importance which he did not at one time or another play in public, and by heart. He was also a remarkable orchestral conductor, a keen critic, and an excellent editor of musical works." (Lahee, p. 165) At the age of nine he began piano studies with Clara Schumann's father, but at 18 he began to study law with music taking a secondary position. Two years later "the turning point in his career came about when he witnessed a performance of Lohengrin... He threw over his career as a lawyer, and sought the guidance of Wagner at Zurich. In 1851 he went to Liszt at Weimar, and studied pianoforte playing with him, and in 1853 he made his first concert tour through Germany." (Lahee, p. 166) After nine years (beginning in 1855) as the main piano teacher at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin he was appointed the Director of the Munich Conservatory and Conductor of the Royal Opera in 1865. After his time in America in 1875-76 he became the opera conductor in Hanover followed by an appointment as Intendant at the Meiningen Court. After 1885 "he devoted himself to large orchestras in many cities, in which he accomplished wonders. Von Bulow married, in 1857, Liszt's daughter Cosima, but was divorced from her in 1869. She then married his friend Richard Wagner. Bulow died in 1894." (Lahee, p. 168) "Following his separation and divorce from Cosima, Bulow spent several years in Florence, recuperating, teaching, and escaping from the Germany of Wagner. By 1872 he returned to an active career as a pianist. He had seriously considered an American tour as early as 1866, when his marriage was at a breaking point and his position in Munich seemed temporarily doomed. By the 1870s, his primary goal in such a tour was to earn enough money 'not to die insolvent' and to provide dowries for his three daughters by Cosima, one of whom he did not yet realize (or at least admit) was fathered by Wagner." (Lott, p. 235)
"A good anecdote of Bulow is told by Mr. Apthorp apropos of the depressing influence of small audiences upon musicians. At one of von Bulow's recitals in Music Hall, Boston, an auditorium capable of seating nearly three thousand people, the audience amounted to about forty. There was a driving snowstorm during the day and evening, and the streets were almost impassable. When von Bulow appeared, he stepped to the front of the platform, and declared that it was the most flattering experience of his artistic career, to find so many people willing to come to hear music on such a night. 'If you will all please come and sit close together,' he added, 'we shall be able to keep one another and the music warm.' He never played better, and the small audience had a little touch of selfish satisfaction at feeling that they had a particularly delightful evening all to themselves." (Lathe, p. 170)
In his book on Liszt, Sacheverell Sitwell describes von Bulow as "one of those agile personalities, small in physique, with an enormous aptitude for work, great fires of conviction, deep loyalties, and a nervous system that gets strained beyond endurance. His musical talent was at once recognized by Liszt, who accepted him as a piano-pupil. Within two years he had developed into a pianist of formidable powers, who was likely to overwork himself by the scope and exactitude of an immense repertory." (Sitwell, p. 203) Soon after he finished studying with von Bulow he was appointed to the Stern Conservatory in his native Berlin. Liszt's mistress, the Princess Wittgenstein decided von Bulow would be a good host for Liszt's daughters, Blandine and Cosima. He lived in Berlin, which would put them close to their father in Weimar, and von Bulow's household was run by his mother! "Cosima wrought havoc in the household from her first arrival." (Ibid, p. 203) Von Bulow was reduced to a "state of stupefaction, admiration, and even exaltation" by the genius of the two girls, especially the younger, Cosima. This soon led to von Bulow announcing his engagement to Cosima, and they were married on August 14, 1857. (Ibid, p. 204)
In 1872 Amy Fay recorded her impression of von Bulow: "He has the most forcible style I ever heard, and phrases wonderfully. It is like looking through a stereoscope to hear him. All the points of a piece seem to start out vividly before you. He makes me think of Gottschalk a little, for he is full of his airs. His expression is proud and supercilious to the last degree, and he looks all round at his audience when he is playing. He always has two grands on the stage, one facing one way, and one the other, and he plays alternately on both. His face seems to say to the audience, 'You're all cats and dogs, and I don't care what you think of my playing.' Sometimes a look of infinite humour comes over it, when he is playing a rondo or anything gay. It is very funny. He has remarkable magnetic power, and you feel that you are under the sway of a tremendous will. Many persons find fault with his playing, because they say it is pure intellect but I think he has too much passion to be called purely intellectual. Still, it is always passion controlled. Beethoven has been the grand study of his life, and he plays his sonatas as no one else does." (Fay, pp. 176 and 177) In February 1873 she wrote: "I heard two tremendous concerts of Bulow's lately. Oh, I do hope you'll hear him some day. He is a colossal artist. I never heard a pianist I like so well. He has such perfect mastery, and yet comprehension and such sympathy." (Fay, p. 195) In June 1873 she wrote that Liszt had introduced her to von Bulow: "Bulow had just returned from his grand concert tour, and had been in London for the first time. In a few months he had given one hundred and twenty concerts! He is a fascinating creature, too, like all these master artists, but entirely different from Liszt, being small, quick, and airy in his movements, and having one of the boldest and proudest foreheads I ever saw. He looks like strength of will personified. ." (Fay, p. 225) In November 1873 she wrote: "Bulow's playing is more many-sides, and is chiefly distinguished by its great vigor; there is no end to his nervous energy, and the more he plays, the more the interest increases... He plays Chopin as well as he does Beethoven, and Schumann, too. Although he is a superlative pianist, though by no means unerring in his performance. I've heard him get dreadfully mixed up. I think he trusts too much to his memory, and that he does not prepare sufficiently. He plays everything by heart, and such programmes!" (Fay, pp. 274 and 275) "That American could attract such artists as Rubinstein and Bulow in their prime was surely a sign of its musical progress, or at least an indication that the nation was perceived more positively by Europeans." (Lott, p. 234)
Verlag Hans Dursthoff, Berlin: Johnston Collection.
Also in 1872 John Orth writing from Berlin for Dexter Smith's magazine described von Bulow as "below the medium height, rather slight, [he] has a peculiar expression of the eye, and his motions are nervous and active. He is very affable and agreeable." (Dexter Smith's January 1872, p. 4) The soprano Clara Rogers (Clara Doria) described von Bulow from whom she had taken piano lessons; "There was nothing in his appearance which could be designated as 'commanding,' for he was below middle height and somewhat slight of frame; neither was there anything notable in his features; but the keen, intelligent and masterful expression of his face labelled him at once as a person of distinction. It was the artist within the frame that at once held your attention and exacted your respectful consideration." (Rogers, Memories, pp. 196 and 197) The German critic Dr. Ferdinand Hiller also described von Bulow's personality and technique: "Bulow is one of the Generals who divided among themselves the inheritance of Liszt Alexander the Great. For several hours he has kept our audience in a state of such breathless subjugation of all technical difficulties; his really military strength and power of endurance; his nearly infallible certainty; and his memory, in which all the pieces that he played, and who knows how many more that he did not play, appear to be stored as safely as a collection of classics in an oak book case, caused the audience to forget entirely that they had come to a Beethoven entertainment." (von Bulow, American, p. 7) Hiller also mentioned his physical atributes: "You are to picture to yourself a small man with a thoroughly Prussian look, and, as all fine orchestra leaders, has a military martinet air. His head is that of a soldier more than that of an artist - small, compact, hard-looking as a hickory nut. His eyes are large - a fleur de tete, as the French say. He wears a heavy brown mustache, a little Vandyke beard, which hides the shape of his mouth; his forehead recedes; the crown of his head is a little bald; the ears incline back, adding to the rather sharp, belligerent expression of his keen little head and face. When he takes his place before the orchestra you expect to see him draw his sword, and every musician is ready to charge to the death. It is impossible not to feel the influence of his magnetic presence. He infuses new vitality into the most familiar compositions. His directions are animated with a knowledge that acts like inspiration. We are in the presence of a master spirit." (Ibid, p. 8)
In addition to the seven American debut concerts given between October 18 and October 30, 1875, von Bulow returned to Boston for a series on six consecutive nights, January 10 through January 15, 1876, and a final set of six consecutive concerts on April 3 through April 8, 1876. (Lott, p. 301) In the middle of the second set he found time to write to Baroness Romaine von Overbeck, "I imagine that as a child you amused yourself by tormenting flies and butterflies, considering that you excel with virtuosity in making me suffer, me who loves you, me who adores you so-superlatively" - letter dated January 12, 1876 from Boston. (Lott, p. 261) Von Bulow continued to visit Boston. He gave a series of three recitals in the Music Hall on March 24, 27 and 31, 1890. (MYB, 1889-90, p. 25)
"The most notable advocate of Chopin's music in Germany next to Clara Schumann was Hans Guido von Bulow. His reputation was that of a great intellectual, and by playing much of Chopin he saved the composer from denigration as a salon player; Bulow demonstrated that Chopin's music was worthy of inclusion in a programme alongside that of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Severely academic, remote, peppery and sardonic, he was perhaps the first of the modern 'giants' of the pianoforte. Born in 1830 (eleven years after Clara Wieck), he was not perhaps the type of pianist one would immediately associate with Chopin's music, but he had the intellectual breadth of a Busoni or a Schnabel. He began playing Chopin when still in his teens, and by 1855, shortly before the composer's death, was already playing a representative proportion of his works in public. Bulow was totally uninterested in Chopin's music as a vehicle for pianistic display. There was an element of pedantry in his readings that led Moritz Moszkowski to remark, "Rubinstein plays the piano as if it was his wife, Grunfeld as if it was his finacee, but Bulow as if it was his old grandmother!" Very modest about his attainments, he despised personal adulation and, after a highly successful recital, he threatened to play the complete Bach Preludes and Fugues if they did not cease their applause... But despite his importance, Bulow is not remembered as a great Chopin player, probably because he had to consciously interpret the music" (Campbell-Methuen, pp. 159 and 160)
In February 1881 Liszt wrote a letter to the "Gazette de Hongrie" concerning von Bulow.
"Honored Sir and Friend, -You wish to know what impression yesterday's Bulow Concert made upon me. He belongs to you, he belongs to us all, to the entire intelligent public of Europe. Stated in two words: it was admiration, enthusiasm. Twenty-five years ago Bulow was my pupil in music, just as twenty-five years previously I was the pupil of my highly-honored and dearly-loved master, Czerny. But it has given to Bulow to strive better and more perseveringly than to me. His edition of Beethoven, which is worthy of all admiration, is dedicated to me as the 'Fruit of my teaching.' But here the teacher had to learn from his pupil, and Bulow continues to instruct-as much by his astonishing virtuosity as a pianist as by his incomparable direction of the Meiningen Orchestra. There! You have an example of the musical progress of our times. Heartily yours, FRANZ LISZT." (Dwight, May 7, 1881, p. 70)
A. Johnson Carter Burrage. Alvah A. Burrage, younger brother of Johnson C., wrote a history of the family which was published in 1877. In it he gave Johnson's birth date as January 20, 1816. He was named after two friends of his mother-Jonathan Carter and his wife Mary Johnson. At fifteen, his father found a place for him working in a variety store in the center of leominster. He combined this and schooling during the winter months until he was between eighteen and nineteen. After one ternm at Groton Academy he taught school the following winter. In the spring of 1835 his brothers found him a place in a wholesale/retail woollen goods store in Boston. He did so well, that after eighteen months with the company he was give charge of the retail branch. He decided to take a partner, and so just three months shy of his 21st. birthday, the company of Richardson & Burrage was born in October 1836. Johnson C. Burrage and Emeline Brigham were married Nov. 29, 1838 in Groton. [She was born April 18, 1815 and died August 7, 1903] Between 1836 and 1845 the business prospered, but in 1845 they sold a business that they knew well in order to buy the Burlington Woolen Mills in Burlington Vermont. Within four or five years they had lost all the money that they had made in the previous eight or nine years. The company was closed but "they eventually paid all their debts in full" (Burrage, p. 127) There still appeared in April 1846 newspaper ads listing "Richardson, Burrage & Co., Commission Merchants for the sale of American Wollens-Over Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Sewell Block, Milk St" with the three priciples being A. J. Richardsom, J. C. Burrage and O. B. Dorrance. (April 10, 1846, Boston Post, p. 3, GenBank)
Johnson Carter then returned to buying and selling woolen goods and formed a partnership with James M. Beebe. The 1860 Census listed the value of his Real estate-$11,500, and the value of his Personnal Estate-$75,000. After a successful fifteen or sixteen years, this partnership was dissolved in August 1863, and he, with some junior partners, Mr. Amory Leland and Mr. R. W. Kendall founded J. C. Burrage & Co. which continued his success for another seven or eight years. (August 13, 1863, Traveler, p. 2, GenBank) An ad in 1864 said: "J. C. Burrage & Co. are now opening a full assortment of Staple & Men's Wear." (March 25, 1864, p. 3, GenBank) In September 1865 his company was called J. C. Burrage & Co., with offices at No. 3 Winthrop Square (New Granite Building). The office of his former partner, James M. Beebe was next door at Nos. 1 and 2 Winthrop Square! The address for Burrage's New York City store was 5 College Place. (October 10, 1865, Evening Post, NYC, p. 64, GenBank) In 1870 his other partners were R. W. Kendall, G. E. Johnson, J. W. Gannett and E. C. Burrage and the company office was at 184 Devonshire Street with his home at 112 Boylston Street. (1870 Boston Directory, p. 128) The July 19, 1870 Census entry added: The occupations of Johnson and his sons Edward and Herbert as Woolen Jobber. Even though Edward had married four years before this Census, he is still listed as living with his father and no mention is made of his wife. The household now has four servants, and B. J. Lang, his wife and daughter Mary (Margaret) are listed at this address but with the phrase "In Europe." In April 1870 J. C. was part of the Standing Committee of the Second Church (Unitarian) of Bedford Street. One had to be a "proprietor" to be on this committee, and one of the items talked about at this April meeting was the possibility of the church moving to Back Bay. (April 28, 1870, Traveler, p. 1, GenBank)
The Boston fire of November 9 and 10, 1872 "destroyed about one half of the business portion of the city." (Burrage G., p. 131) "All of the Burrages doing business in Boston lost heavily... J. C. Burrage & Co. had a stock of about $190,00, which was entirely destroyed. They received from insurance about $140,00, leaving a loss of about $50,000." (Ibid., p. 132) An ad appeared two days after the fire stating that even though their entire stock had been burned in their 184 Devonshire location, "they continue business without interruption at 322 Washington Street, and are prepared to fill all orders for the popular styles of WOOLENS AND COTTONADES." (November 13, 1872, Journal, p. 5, GenBank) The scope of their business is shown in that this same ad appeared a week later in the New York Evening Post. (November 26, 1872, NY Evening Post, p. 5, GenBank) He also responded regularly to various donation appeals. In 1862: "Patriotic Donation. Mr. J. C. Burrage, of the firm of J. M. Beebe & Co., has presented one of Short's patent knapsacks to each member of Co. C, (Capt. J. H. Lombard) 44th. Regiment, at Readville." (Salem Register, October 27, 1862, p. 2, reprinted from the Boston Journal, GenBank) In 1863 he donated $100 to the "Committee appointed to aid in the Enlistment of Colored Troops," in 1864 he gave $100 to support the "Soldiers' Thanksgiving Dinner," in 1865 $100 was given in support of erecting a "Statue of Edward Everett," and also in $500 was given to the "Children's Mission to the Children of the Destitute in the City of Boston and in 1866 he gave $100 to the New England Branch of the "Freedmen's Union Commission." Evening Transcript, November 27, 1866, p. 2 GenBank)
Burrage took an active part in both the business and social fabric of Boston. In 1857 he is listed as a member of the Boston Board of Trade, in 1858 he is a Patron of the English and Classical School in West Newton, in 1865 is is one of five Directors of The American Barrel Machine Company, and in 1866 he is listed as a member of the Company of the New York Life Insurance Co. Also listed are the ex-Governor of Vermont, the Cashier of the U. S. Treasury, lawyers, various businessmen, and B. J. Lang, Organist! Possibly B. J.'s father-in-law was helping his daughter's new family finacially through this connection. (June 6, 1866, Evening Transcript, p. 4, GenBank)
In 1873 illness forced him to retire, but he did so "possessing an ample competeney." (Ibid., p. 127) Johnson Carter died on April 6, 1881 aged 65 years, 2 months from consumption-his address then was 112 Boylston Street and he had been born in Leominster, MA. His father was listed as Josiah Burrage, born in Leominster and his mother, Ruth, was born in Lunenburg. (Death Certificate) The June 17, 1900 Census listed Mrs. Johnson C. Burrage, a widower living at 50 Highland St., Newton (same street as son Edward C.) with one unmarried daughter, Emma, aged 49, and Marion B. Morse, a widow (see Minnie, above) with two Irish born servants, Annie O'Toole (b. Feb. 1873, age 27, single) and Mary Tyman, maid (b. May 1869, age 31, single). This entry said Johnson had six children, four still alive. Mrs. J. C. Burrage-Emeline died on August 7, 1903 as a widow at Newton, MA aged 88 years, 3 months, 19 days, and was buried at Mt. Auburn; her birthplace was Groton, MA. He father was George Brigham born in Marlboro, MA and her mother was Betsey Morsealso born in Marlboro, MA. (Death Certificate).
1. Fanny (Frances) Burrage, age 20. "b. Dec. 18, 1839; m. Oct. 10, 1861, Benjamin J. Lang, of Boston, professor of music." (Burrage Geneol., p. 181)
- a. Harry Allston Lang, b. Oct. 5, 1864; d. Aug. 7, 1866. (Burrage G., p. 189)
- b. Margaret Ruthven Lang, b. Nov. 27, 1867. (Ibid) (Burrage was published in 1877)
- c. Rosamond Lang Galacar. b. February 6, 1878; d. Aug. 11, 1971 (aged 93)
- d. Malcolm Burrage Lang, b. June 14, 1881; d. Mar. 7, 1972 (aged 90)
2. Edward C. Burrage, age 18. "b. June 13, 1841; m. Jan. 16, 1866, m. Julia L. Severance, [b. c. March 1844] of West Newton." (Burrage, Geneol., p, 181) He was 24, she 21. His occupation-Merchant. Julia born in Cleveland; her father, Theodore C. Severage; her mother, Caroline M. (Info from Marriage Certificate). Edward had attended public schools in Boston, "graduated from the Quincy Grammar School, a Franklin Medal scholar, in 1855." He then had several terms of private instruction, and when he was nineteen "he visited Europe, in company with Mr. James Allen; was absent about two years. Upon his reurn, in the autumn of 1861, he entered his father's store, J. M. Beebe & Co.'s, and was employed there when the pressing urgency for more troops, in the summer of 1862, induced the government to issue a call for the enlistment of men to serve nine months." (Burrage, G., pp. 151 and 152) He entered as a corporal and rose to sergeant when he "was mustered out of service in June, 1863. After returning from the war he re-entered the store, and subsequently became a partner in the house of J. C. Burrage & Co. When that firm dissolved he went into the wholesale crockery and glassware store of Abram French & Co., and still  remains in that business." (Op. Cit., pp. 152 and 153) "He was the Treasurer of and sang tenor in the Cecilia in 1903. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 8) In 1870 he was a partner in his father's firm J. C. Burrage & Co., and he (and his wife) lived with his father at 112 Boylston Street. (1870 Boston Directory, p. 128) In 1877 he worked for "Abram French & Co., dealers in crockery and glassware," and "they live in Newton." (Burrage, op. cit.) The June 15, 1880 census entry adds: Edward was a dealer in Glassware and V., and that they lived on Highland St. in Newton. Also that Julia's father had been born in MA and her mother born in N. Y. He is not listed in the 1885 Boston Directory. The June 17, 1900 Census entry adds: address of 72 Highland St., that they own their house; have been married 34 years; he was then 58 and she 56; they had two servants-Mary E. Smith (age 44, born MA), a seamstress and Annie J.Grant (age 29, born Canada), servant; this entry says "mother of two children[?]/two alive"
- a. Severance [His mother's maiden name] Burrage, son, born MA. Born July 18, 1868 in West Newton. (Birth Certificate)
- b. Bessie Burrage, daughter, born MA. "b. Aug. 5, 1870." (Burrage, Geneol., p. 190)
- c. [Caroline Severance, b. Nov. 5, 1876. Burrage G., p. 190]
- d. Emeline, daughter, born MA (see above - born Nov. 5, 1879. Info from Birth Certificate)
Three servants, all Irish born - Bridget Kenney, aged 40; Annie Burns, aged 18;and Ellen Joy, aged 24 (probably sister of John Joy who worked for Herbert Burrage, Edward's brother - see below)
3. Herbert Emory Burrage, age 16. "b. Dec. 18, 1845; m. June 3, 1868, Ruby Moore Childs of Charlestown." (Burrage Geneol., p. 181) He was 22, she 20. His occupation-Clerk. Her father, Francis Childs; her mother, Juliet W. (Info from Marriage Certificate) In 1870 he was part (but not a partner) of his father's firm J. C. Johnson & Co. and his home was at 43 West Cedar Street. (1870 Boston Directory, p. 128) In 1877 "They live at Newton. He is in the store of Abram French & Co." (Burrage, G., Op. Cit) The 1880 Census entry for this family, then living on Highland St., in Newton, included: Herbert Burrage, age 34 Born Mass.; Ruby M. Burrage, age 31 Born Mass.; Francis J. Burrage, age 9 Born Mass. (b. 1871); Harry L. Burrage, age 8 Born Mass. (b. 1872); Alice Burrage, age 5 Born Mass. (b. Nov. 1874) and servants: Bridget Perkins, age 39 Born Ireland and Teresa Farrell, age 18 Born Mass., parents born in Ireland. The 1885 Boston Directory lists his business adddress as 91 Franklin Street and his home at West Newton-p.176. (Death Certificate) The June 6, 1900 Census entry for Herbert E. Burrage added; he was 54, she 51, they had been married 32 years, they had four children/four still alive; his profession was Crockery salesman; their address was 38 Temple St., Newton and they owned their home; two daughters were still at home - Alice, age 25, a Librarian and Eleanor, age 19, b. April 1881 in MA; one servant-MaryTracey, b. Jan. 1879, age 21, born Ireland. Ruby Moore Burrage died on October 2, 1904 in Newton, MA aged 56 years, 3 months, 10 days having been born in Charlestown, MA of Francis Childs and Juliet Deering, both born in Charlestown, MA. She died before her husband.
- a. Francis Johnson Burrage. Born 43 West Cedar St., Oct. 30, 1870. Father's occupation was "Salesman." (Birth Certificate) Married December 2, 1896, age 26, occupation "Banking Business" to Elenora Mullen, age 25 in St. Louis, MO, which was her hometown. (Marriage Certificate)
- b. Harry Lang Burrage. Born May 25, 1872 at 43 W. Cedar Street, Boston. Father listed as "Merchant". (Birth Certificate) Married Marguerite Kimberly March 18, 1896 at the West Newton Unitarian Church by Rev. Julian C. Jaynes. His occupation was [Bank Cashier, the number two position] "Cashier" while she was "At home." His age was 23 and her age was 21. (Marriage Certificate) She was the niece of Rear Admiral Kimberly whose home provided the site for "a small reception...After May 1 they will receive their friends in their new home on Sterling Street, West Newton." (Herald, March 22, 1896, p. 27, GenBank) In 1908 he is listed in an ad as the President and one 12 Directors of The Eliot National Bank of Boston, located in the John Hancock Building. "Established 1853. Capital $1,000,000. Surplus Earned and Undivided Profits, $1,275,000." (Globe, April 11, 1908, p. 7)
- c. Alice Burrage. Born "Nov. 29, 1874." (Burrage G., p. 190) Married March 1897 in Ipswich./li>
- d. Eleanor, b. April 1881 (see Census of 1900 above)
- e. Dorothy. Born 1896 [who is this?]
4. Helen Burrage, age 14. "b. July 10, 1848; m. Jan. 21, 1874, John W. Carter, of Boston, manufacturer and dealer in ink." (Burrage G., p. 182). He was 30, she 25. His father, Richard B. Carter; his mother, Lucy L. (Info from Marriage Certificate)
5. Emma Burrage, age 12. "b. Dec. 18, 1850." (Burrage G., p. 182) Still unmarried and living at home, aged 49, for the 1900 census. Born December 8, 1850 at 36 Edinboro Street, Boston. Father listed as a Merchant. (Birth Certificate)
6. Minnie [Marion] Burrage, age 7. "b. Jan. 18, 1853." (Burrage G., p. 182) Marion B. Morse was listed as a widow and living with her mother in the 1900 Census. She had married Charles T. Morse, age 33, born in New Haven, Conn. The wedding was on January 12, 1887, Rev. Edward A.Horton officiated and her age at this time was 33 - this was the first marriage for both.(Marriage Certificate)
Servants: Alice Joy, age 24, Domestic Born Ireland; John Joy, age 22, Manservant Born Ireland; Ellen Douglas, age 26, Domestic Born Ireland
Another family. Probably living next door: [1870 Boston Directory and 1878 Clark's Boston Blue Book has his address as 7 Union Park which would be near South Congregational Church.
B. Alvah Augustus Burrage, b. May 30, 1823, a Woolen Goods Merchant, Value Real estate - $8,000 Value of Personnal estate - $50,000. He married May 17, 1849, Elizabeth Amelia Smith, of Groton," (Burrage G., p. 171) who had been born at Boston, August 11, 1828. (Groton Vital Records) Alvah died on November 6, 1893 at 282 Newbury Street, Boston aged 70 years, 5 months, 6 days having been born in No. Leominister, MA. His father was Josiah Burrage, born in Leominster and his mother was Ruth Kilburn, also born in Leominster. (Death Certificate) His wife's maiden name had been Elizabeth Smith and she had been born in Boston. (Jeanie's Death Certificate)
An 1866 as listed his company as BURRAGE BROTHERS & COMPANY, Importers and Dealers in FOREIGN AND AMERICAN WOOLENS, with offices at 35 Franklin Street, corner of Hawley Street. The partners were Alvar A, Burrage, Chas. Burrage, William Peirce and Henry Warren. (February 20, 1866, Traveler, p. 3, GenBank) The 1885 Boston Directory lists his office at as 47 Arch Street and his home at 282 Newbury Street-p. 176. It also lists a firm of woolen merchants at 47 Arch named "Burrage, Cole, and Weeks" with C. H. Burrage, M. B. Cole, H. K Weeks and A.F. Poole as the main partners. Alvah was a brother of C. H. and had a secondary role in the company. (Boston Directory, p. 176) It also list a Walter L. Burrage as a student living at 282 Newbury Street - possibly another cousin.
1. Ruth. She died at home on April 11, 1872-address: 7 Union Park, Boston, aged 22 years from Peritonitis. Her father, Alvah A. Burrage's birthplace was Leominster, andher mother, Elizabeth A. was born in Boston. (Death Certificate). She had been born on March 16, 1850 at 24 Oak Street, Boston. (Birth Certificate)
2. Jennie. [Jeanie] died, unmarried, in Newton on August 20, 1891, aged 37 years, 8 months, 25 days. (Death Certificate). She [Jennie] had been born on November 25, 1853 at 24 Oak Street, Boston. (Birth Certificate)
3. Mary, age 2.
Mary Shea, age 30, Domestic Born Ireland, and Ann Flynn, age 20 Domestic Born Massachusetts.
In the 1888 Clark's Boston Blue Book their address is 282 Newbury St., and a Mrs. J. C. Burrage is listed at "The Kensington."
C. Charles H. Burrage, age 34 Woolen Goods Merchant-brother of Alvah and partner in Burrage Brothers & Co.,, in 1870 located at 35 Franklin Street and his house at 22 Newbury Street-other partners were Wm. Peirce, Henry Warren and E. B. Hall. (1870 Boston Directory, p. 128) Wife - Mary G. Burrage, age 33. Value of Personal estate - $25,000
Joshua P. Blanchard (?), age 77 (possibly the wife's father). Value of Real estate-$7,500 Value of Personnal estate-$1,700.
Mary C. Blanchard, age 72
Mrs. George Hamg (?) age 69
Anne W. Cotton, age 67. Value of Personnal estate-$16,000.
Catherine McCarthy, age 22 Domestic Born in Ireland and Hannah Tinney, age 17 Domestic Born in Ireland
The 1900 Census entry for Harry L. Burrage had an address in Newton, 14 Sewall St., married for five years (1895):/p>
Harry L. Burrage, age 28 b. May 1872, rented home
Marguerite K. Burrage, age 25 b. December 1874 in Illinois
Dorothy K. Burrage, age 3 b. December 1896
Mary Clark, age 21, Servant-Cook, Born Ireland, November 1878
Frances Walker, age 45, Parlor Maid, Born North Carolina, November 1854
Bumstead Hall-formerly the Lecture Room of the Music Hall. Described by Dwight in 1853 as seating about 900 and in 1870 as below the Music Hall, and as having a "platform down in the centre of the amphitheatre." (Dwight, December 31, 1870, p. 375) A spring issue of the Boston Musical Times recorded: "The platform in Bumstead Hall has been extended, so as to bring the musicians nearer the audience. This is an undoubted improvement, but the hall is still anything but good in its acoustic qualities. We may not understand the architectural reasons for this; but it appears to us that the heavy pilasters, the pitted wall and ceiling, the low gallery with its massive supports, and the concavity behind the performers, combine to produce the result. The music sounds on the lower floor as if the performers were in an adjoining apartment with open doors. There is no resonance to the tones produced by instrument or voice; but they come dry and hard, with no softness of outline. Artists find it laborious to sing, as if their voices were muffled, and even forcing the voice does not apparently produce more volume. It is right to state, however, that these difficulties are less apparent in the galleries, where the sound has freer play and less obstructions." (BMT, April 7, 1860, p. 57) In a January 16, 1895 review in the Transcript, the comment was made: "It was good to hear chamber music in Bumstead Hall once more: the delight of the ear goes far towards compensating one for the distress of the eye." (Scrapbook)
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Campbell, Miss Teresa Carreno. Just as Lang had recognized and helped the career of the pianist Teresa Carreno in 1863 (see next article), in 1880 he played the Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31 at a Complimentary Concert for the sixteen year old violinist, Miss Teresa Carreno Campbell. Other assisting artists were from the Mendelssohn Quintette Club, the singer Mr. Edward Bowditch, and the pianist, "Miss Mary Campbell [her sister? a Lang pupil?] proved herself an accomplished Pianist." (Dwight, March 13, 1880, p. 47) Dwight gave a very complimentary review noting that "Lang's rendering of the Chopin Scherzo was masterly," and that "The young lady has every reason to feel encouraged by her first concert." (Ibid)
Lahee, FAMOUS PIANISTS, p. 303
Carreno, Teresa. Paderewski described her as a "strong pianist, even too strong for a woman. Carreno was one of the women pianists who had a very big tone, but it was not a beautiful tone because beautiful tone must include tenderness, and she had none of that, just brilliance." (Paderewski, p. 121) Born on December 22, 1853 at Caracas, Venezuela where her father was the Minister of Finance, "from him she received her first musical instruction." "Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) was among her forebearers." (Mann. p. 236) The family moved to New York City when she was eight years old: "She has spent most of her life in America, and always considers herself an American... At the age of nine she appeared in a benefit concert in New York at the Academy of Music... In New York she attracted the attention of Gottschalk, then at the height of his fame. He was not a regular teacher, but, for the love of his art, gave lessons to several talented children... In 1863 she made her first appearance in Boston, where she created a furore by playing pieces of great difficulty at some orchestral concerts... At the age of twelve she went to Rubinstein, and quickly gained the fullest recognition of her talent in all musical circles. Wherever she went she was received as a fellow artist by the greatest musicians." her father, Manuel Carreno had come "to the United States with a plan of action that he continued to follow as Carreno's career blossomed." (Mann, p. 236) In January 1863 the Boston Musical Times reported: "Miss Teresa Carreno, the wonderful child pianist, who was to make her first appearance in Boston Music Hall, last evening, was nine years old on Monday, December 22nd. last . All the critics accord to her a prominent niche in the temple of fame." (BMT, January 3, 1863, p. 163)
Gottschalk took an interest in the Venezuela born Teresa Carreno, who, when he heard her play at age nine said he would teach her whenever she was available. In fact Gottschalk only gave "her six or eight lessons, and nevertheless they were enough to conquer the obstacles that for others would have been insuperable barriers. She belongs to the class of those privileged by Providence, and I have not the slightest doubt that she will be one of the greatest artists of our age." (Milinowski, p. 52 quoting from Gottschalk) Late in 1862 and early in 1863 she gave five concerts, "and then made her Boston debut on January 2, 1863. It was followed by some twenty concerts in the Boston area, whereupon Carl Zerrahn invited her to play Mendelssohn's Capriccio Brillante with the Boston Philharmonic Society Orchestra. She accepted, although she had never seen the work, and learned it in three days." After a summer tour to Cuba and playing for President Lincoln at the White House, she returned to Boston. B. J. obviously recognized her talent and supported her by acting as her accompanist for her tenth birthday recital given on December 22, 1863-she included two of her own compositions in the concert! (Ammer, UNSUNG, CENTURY EDITION, p. 64) Lang was at the organ and Carreno at a Chickering grand piano. In spite of various factors working against her success (an influenza epidemic, the small sound of the piano when compared to the organ), "the young maiden made a fine impression, and won plentiful applause." Even though her choice of pieces was criticized, "they exhibited her remarkable clearness, firmness, brilliancy and grace of execution." Lang also was lauded: "Mr. Lang's organ pieces were played in his usual masterly manner, the Pastoral Symphony and Freyschutz overture being loudly and persistently encored, to which he responded in kind, that is by playing again a part of the same, and not something else." (Dwight, December 26, 1863, p. 159)
From "Gottschalk's Illustrated Concert Book."
Carreno also admired Gottschalk. "Many years later [she[ remembered that his playing was like zephyrs sighing on a poet's harp, that none approached him in his trill. And that was the opiniion of one whose own trilling left whole audiences gasping with unbelief." (Milinowshi, p. 28)
Dwight reviewed her first Boston concert given on January 2, 1863. He began: "Little Miss Teresa Carreno is indeed a wonder. We do not care much for 'prodigies,' but this one did interest us. A child of nine years, with fine head and face of intelligence... runs upon the stage of the great Music Hall, has a funny deal of diificulty in getting herself upon the seat before the Grand Piano, runs her fingers over the keyboard like a virtuoso, and then plays a difficult Notturno by Doehler, with octave passages and all, not only clearly and correctly, but with true expression. It would charm you even where she not a child. Off she runs again, fast as the eye can follow, till arrested for an encore... there can be no doubt of real talent here." Miss Matilda Phillipps. sister of Adelaide, was the assisting artist. (Dwight, January 10, 1863) A week later Dwight reviewed Carreno's second concert of January 8 which was billed as a Soiree d'Adieu. "Rarely have we seen so intelligent an audience so pleased and so moved. She was the sole performer... Here was indeed a task for a little girl of nine years. The mere physical exertion required in playing through so many pieces of great length, and full of all the modern difficulties of execution, made it a wonder that she should succeed at all. But she has great strength of hand and arm, and her execution, although laboring occasionally, was clear, vbrillinat, facile and precise... What catches you at once, and makes it pleasant to listen to her, is that you feel she has a true musical accent; the chords are struck, the passages are phrased, expresively. There is something in it more than could be taught...The child's face beams with intelligence and genius; these speak too in her touch, in a certain untaught life that there is in her playing. It is a precious gift." (Dwight, January 17, 1863, p. 335) Dwight also suggested that too much concertizing would be unhealthy and that she be given time in the next few years to further her general education. "Already the arm appears almost unnaturally large." (Ibid) Then, Carreno had the idea herself to give a concert for children. 1,200 tickets were given out free "among pupils selected from the Latin, English High, Girls High, Normal, and German Schools. The concert was given two days later, on January 10, and Carreno was the sole performer. The mayor of Boston, J. W. Lincoln led the applause. (Milinowski, p. 41) On the following Tuesday Carreno gave another solo concert in Chickering Hall with ticket prices raised to one dollar-"The place was crowded. For two hours Teresita played with but slight intermission...The father had not feared fatigue for his daughter as much as the effect of an entire piano program on the audience. Teresita herself had no qualms." and ended her program with a waltz of her own composition. The audience "gave way to the most boisterous and fantastic demonstration. Immaculate ladies left with bonnets awry and gloves split open, forgetting umbrellas and purses." (Milinowski, pp. 42 and 43) Another great opportunity came with the invitation from Carl Zerrahn to play at the second Philharmonic Concert of the season-but the piece requested, Mendelssohn's Capriccio Brillante was not in her repertoire, and there were only ten days before the concert. Four days before the concert a copy of the music finally arrived from New York?the first rehearsal was set for Friday and the concert for Saturday. "The only one who did not have a desperate case of nerves in the process was Teresita...She found that the martial theme memorized itself, that the passages lay comfortably for her fingers. The melodies she kept singing to herself, when she was not practicing them... The rehearsals went surprisingly well." Carl Zerrahn hailed her as "the greatest prodigy which the world has known since the days of Mozart," and he invited her to appear with the Philharmonic again on January 24, 1863. (Ibid, p. 45) Dwight's review of this concert included these comments: "But how did charming little Miss Teresa play the difficult and classical Cappriccio, and play for the first time with orchestra? Marvellously well for a child, but less well than with the more familiar tasks before her... The full conception of such music must be beyond her...But she kept good time, and brought out the most of it clearly, firmly, and even gracefully." (Dwight, January 31, 1863, p. ???) On December 22, 1863 she celebrated her 10th. birthday with a concert at the Music Hall which she shared with B. J. at the organ. She had spent the previous twelve months in Cuba practicing and giving concerts, "the result being that she has gained in physical strength, in musical skill and understanding, and has added largely to her repertoire both classical and of the virtuoso kind." However, in performing a solo piano recital in such a large hall, and alternating with pieces played on the new, large organ, she was putting herself at a great disadvantage. "If therefore under all those drawbacks the young maiden made a fine impression and won plentiful applause, as indeed she did, it was so much the more to her own credit... Mr. Lang's organ pieces were played in his usual masterly manner, the Pastoral Symphony [Handel] and Freyschutz Overture being loudly and persistently encored, to which he responded in kind, that is by playing again a part of the same, and not something else." (BMT, January 2, 1864, pp. 6 and 7)
Fisher, p. 45.
"In regard to her playing, it is of the most impassioned nature. Her enthusiastic temperament sweeps everything before it. In the power of her performance she has been compared to Sophie Menter, and it has been said that these two pianists are the only ones who, in spite of the restrictions laid by nature upon their sex, have been able to overcome the most tremendous difficulties of the pianoforte technique." (Lahee, p. 308 and 309) Hans von Bulow was forced to confess that she was the only pianist of the fair sex he had ever heard play Beethoven in a satisfactory manner. (Lahee, p. 312) When she was about 15 she learned the soprano role in The Huguenots between Thursday and the following Monday for a performance in Edinburgh for the Queen's Birthday. "Her success was brilliant." (Lahee, p. 302-306) "During the 1880s, Carreno resumed operatic singing and also began to champion the piano compositions of Edward MacDowell (1860-1908), whom she had come to know during brief periods of residence in new York. As the dedicatee of his Second Piano Concerto (1889), she became the most vigorous proponent of this work during the composer's lifetime and beyond. (Amy Beach also dedicated her Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor (1900) to Carreno." (Mann, p. 239) "Described as 'the Valkyrie of the piano,' her playing was described as having an almost superhuman force even when she was a child. She never regarded herself as being limited by the need to adhere to the composer's marks, and when she was young, her personality usuallly overwhelmed whatever music she played, whether it was Bach, Beethoven or Chopin. Her growing maturity as an artist was linked with her marriage with d'Albert in 1892, and in her later years she was compared as an equal with such pianists as Sauer, Rosenthal, Hofmann and Rachmaninov." (Methuen-Campbell, p. 215)
"Carreno's repertoire was large, and she was devoted to Chopin's music. Unfortunately she made no discs, but she recorded some piano works for the Welte-Mignon piano roll company, including the G minor and A flat major Ballades, and the C minor Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1. These demonstrate her technical ability, but she used mannerisms such as spread chords which can be irritating to the modern listener. Her touch is very varied, and there is in her playing evidence of a concentrated musical thought that is always compelling. She could execute many of the most taxing passages of the A flat Ballade with an extraordinary deftness that is at times almost eerie... Carreno enjoyed adulation, and played in public until 1917, the year of her death. No other woman pianist has equalled her as a vituoso, and her playing was far more exciting than that of Clara Schumann." (Methuen-Campbell, p. 216) A CD of some of these rolls had been issued by Pierian: the Caswell Collection, Vol. 6 - Teresa Carreno. In July 2011, Amazon was selling new copies for $110.51, used for $113.49, but the MP3 Download for the entire recording was only $8.99 with eight of the individual tracks available at $.99 each.
One of Carreno's pupils was Egon Petri, born in 1881, who came to America in the 1930s and died here in 1962. Among his pupils were John Ogdon, Earl Wild and Gunnar Johansen. (Methuen-Campbell, p. 163) "It was Carreno who encouraged him [Petri] to deveop his technique to a level that set him aside from most other artists of his generation...She used to tell him that a pianist should be able to support a glass of water on the back of his hand while playing. Petri's high intelligence, discernment, and industry led to his acquiring one of the most powerful virtuoso techniques." (Ibid)
Carreno c. 1900 (according to source - probably later). Johnston Collection.
Carreno was a soloist with the BSO in 30 different programs during eight seasons between 1887 and 1914 - this would be almost four appearances per season which would equal another pianist, Adele Aus Der Ohe who appeared in 51 different programs during 14 seasons! (Howe, BSO, p. 245 and 247) Carreno had contacted Clara Rogers after reading Rogers' book Philosophy of Singing. Rogers wrote: "She [Carreno] declared [that it] was invaluable to her, a pianist, as much so as to any singer... I think that Carreno was one of the most vital personalities I have ever known. Nothing, - no amount of fatigue - ever checked her flow or spirits. She possessed to an unusual degree that element which we call temperament - the habit of coming up to the mark, of filling all expectations regardless of unfavorable conditions." (Rogers, Two Lives, pp. 221 and 222)
Mentor Association Print dated 1918. In Zellin this pose is listed as c. 1910. In 1910, Chadwick would have been 56 years old. Johnston Collection.
Chadwick, George W. (b. November 13, 1854 in Lowell, d. April 4, 1931 in Boston) After high school, spent three years in the insurance business with his father (taking organ lessons at the same time from Eugene Thayer), then one year (1876-77) as music instructor at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, followed by two years of study in Leipzig with Jadassohn and Reineke and another year, 1879-80, with Rheinberger in Munich. Returned to Boston in 1880. Only two years after his return, he was "so well thought of that he was selected for lithographic representation as a member of the pantheon called 'Musical Boston.' His relative youth was emphasized by his clean-shaven face among a score of hirsute dignitaries including B. J. Lang, Carl Zerrahn, John Knowles Paine, Oliver Ditson, and even his erstwhile teacher, Carlyle Patersilea." (Yellin, p. 43) "He began a career as an organist, teacher, and conductor, and quickly made his mark as a composer in virtually every genre... The presence of such major orchestras as the Boston SO and the Philharmonic Society during the 1880s spurred Chadwick's contributions to the orchestral medium, in which he was especially at home... By the time the symphony [No. 1] received its first complete performance in 1886, Chadwick was regarded as a masterly composer of lighter movements. But the piece most often performed, the 'overture to an imaginary tragedy' Melpomene (1887), was considered finer simply because the composer was at last writing music deemed entirely 'serious.'... In the Symphony No. 2 he uses in the Scherzo a pentatonic melody resembling Negro songs nine years before Dvorak included the better-known example in his Symphony - From the New World." (American Grove, 1986, pp. 384 and 387) "As director of the New England Conservatory from 1897 to 1930, Chadwick was crusty, blunt, occasionally mischievous, never the aristocrat. he kept his hair short, was clean shaven save for a modest mustache, and wore wool flannel suits. A colleague once remembered that his most vivid impression of Chadwick was of the eminent composer and pedagogue eating a plate of beans on a tray at the local Hayes-Bickford cafeteria." (Horowitz, p. 105) "He must have looked like one of those anonymous figures in an Edward Hopper painting, so well did he blend in with the typical American cityscape." (Yellin, p. 3) Chadwick recorded his being fired from South Congregational Church as Lang had been earlier. "On the 22nd. of March [1892?] I 'resigned' from the So. Congl' Church. The entire choir did the same. For some time I had been suffereing under an incompetent tenor who had been wished on me by John Winch, and under a bass (Gardner Lamson) who sang badly out of tune. This of course I could not help but it did not make our music any better. The bolt which fired me was out of a clear sky as the committee had always professed to admire our music. I had been approached by another church some little while before but had no reason to suspect that a change would be beneficial. Consequently I was rather disgusted to get this jolt, especially as I had the new West Chop house to pay for and the rent of 903 besides. Luckily the other place was still available (it was Dr. Minens Church on Columbus Ave.) and on Apr. 30 I shook off the dust of Hale's Church for good. I had, at the 2nd. Universalist a better organ, a better quartet, the same salary ($1,000) and no extra services. They were nice old fashioned people, all ready to be pleased. They liked to have me play quite a lot before and after [the] service which I quite enjoyed. Eventually we got together quite a 'star' quartet, in which Mme Louise Homer. the now distinguished artist of the Metropolitan Opera Co. was the (????)."(6466-6467)
Clark's Boston Blue Book 1888, p. 322.
Jonas Chickering from "The Jonas Chickering Centennial Celebration," 1924.
Chickering Hall. In May 1870, Dwight reported on the closing of Chickering's Hall at 246 Washington Street after ten years at this location. The building was then leased to Jordan, Marsh & Co. It had been "completed in the fall of 1860 with a formal dedication concert on November 3, 1860." Lang's quickly established position within the Boston musical establishment is reflected by his inclusion among the dedicatory musicians. "There was a brilliant audience of musical people present, and Mrs. Harwood, Messrs. Dresel, Lang, Leonhard and Parker, Miss Mary Fay, the Mendelssohn Quintette Club and the Orpheus Club took part in the exercises." (Dwight, May 21, 1870, p. 247) Three years later Dwight reported on the new hall-"a building beautifully situated, constructed according to their own ideal both of use and taste, and admirable in every way." Dwight then reprinted specifics from an article in the Advertiser. "It was built on the John Parker estate, next to the Mason and Hamlin building on Tremont Street." Designed by Peabody & Stearns, it was five stories in height and fronted both on Tremont and Mason Streets.. "In the first story there are two entrances, with a large show window occupying the entire space between them. This window has a single sheet of plate glass, making one of the largest in the city... In the fourth story are three rooms for music teachers, one of which is taken by Mr. B. J. Lang...Chickering & Sons are now turning out nearly three thousand pianos a year." (Dwight, 1873-75) A later hall was dedicated November 7, 1883, located at 151 and 153 Tremont Street. Had a total of 667 seats on the floor and balcony [above diagram shows 462]. There was an earlier version on Washington Street, near Sumner Street. "The Messrs. Chickering & Sons have moved into their new warerooms, in the elegant building just completed on the corner of Avon Place, Washington St... One of their rooms has been constructed purely for a music room, suitable for choice chamber concerts, music parties, and large enough for three or four hundred persons. It is a very beautiful and attractive hall." (Dwight, March 31, 1860, p. 7) Later that year Dwight described the room in more detail: "The room itself deserves our first attention by the elegance of its arrangements and decoration, and its general fitness for the purposes for which it is intended. The coloring of the walls and ceiling is of chaste and delicate shades, tastefully and artistically set off and relieved by gilding and some admirably painted panels. The lighting was profuse amd brilliant, giving the finest effect to the details of the architectural decorations. Flowers, too, of the most beautiful, upon the platform, added much to the general effect. The chestnut seats are very comfortable, and graceful in their design. The acoustic properties of this room are excellent, both for the instrumental and vocal music, either losing, so far as we could perceive, any of their due effect." (Dwight, November 10, 1860, p. 262) The "Boston Musical Times" described the room as having an "admirable acoustic" and decorated with "chaste elegance... Three hundred people can be seated comfortably, and for Chamber Concerts and Soirees, 'Chickering's Saloon' will again take its position as the most fashionable and beautiful in the city." (BMT, October 20, 1860, p. 281) In 1872 it was reported: "Chickering's New Piano Rooms were open to the public April 16th. We venture to say that no rooms, devoted to a similar purpose in the world present a more magnificent appearance. From basement to attic, we find proof of the enterprise and energy of the successful firm." (Folio, June 1872) The last Chickering Hall was located at 239 Huntington Avenue where the Commemoration of the 80th Birthday of the company was held in 1903.
Chickering Hall, 239 Huntington Avenue, COMMEMORATION, facing p. 88.
Clefs, The. A social club formed on October 31, 1881 which began with sixty members, "(three fourths of that number being professionally connected with music") who agreed "to spend the third Wednesday evenings of October, November, December, January, February, March and April together... [for] social intercourse, with some refreahmenta and a musical or other entertainment... Each member shall pay a yearly assessment of eight dollars, the same being due October 1, or at the time of election." (BPL Lang Prog., 6594) At the yearly Annual Meeting eight Masters were elected-their job was to organize the program for each meeting "which should not exceed an hour in length. Said Master shall furnish for our club-room, if we have one, a pianoforte, and such other musical instruments as he may desire for his month; he shall provide such at his own expense, and in every musical detail shall have absolute authority." Each member was allowed to bring just one guest per meeting at a payment of $1.25. (6595) The Masters chosen for 1882-83 were L. C. Elson, Arthur Foote, John Orth, C. Petersilea, S. B. Whitney and B. J. Lang with two Auxiliaries, William F. Apthorp and Otto Bendix. (6592) The Secretary, Arthur P. Schmidt sent out a printed announcement of the "fifth Social Meeting" of the 1882-83 season to be held at Berkeley Hall, corner of Berkeley and Tremont Streets on Wednesday Evening, March 21, 1883 at 7:30PM. A short article mentioned "an embarrasment of riches at the last meeting" which included performances of which the "most notable morceaux were a Mozart sonata, with accompaniment for a second piano by Grieg" played by Lang and Foote. (Foote Scrapbooks)
Clement, E. H. From 1874-1881 he "had been devoting especial attention, as assistant editor [of the Boston Transcript]... to dramatic and musical subjects." (Chamberlin, p. 206) In 1881, the paper began a musical and drama department with Apthorp as the head of the department "writing the leading critical articles on both music and the theatre while Mr. Jenks [Francis H. Jenks] did the regular and constructive work of the department, and indeed everything that Mr. Apthorp did not choose to take in hand." (Ibid)
Cochran, Jessie. She played at the fifth HMA Concert on February 12, 1880 where she was described as "a gifted pupil of Von Bulow and of Mr. Lang." She played the Piano Concerto by Louis Brassin, never yet heard in this country." (Dwight, January ??, 1880, p. 4)
Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893. "Two halls were built, Music Hall, a section of the beautiful architectural composite whose dominating feature was the Peristyle bounding the east side of the Court of Honor, and Festival Hall, situated between the Transportation and Horticultural buildings, fronting an arm of the lagoon west of the Wooded Island; the one cost $132,000, the other $90,000." Musical Year Book, 1892-93, p. XXIV) For the Festival Hall Farrand and Votey of Detroit a large concert organ in the center of the stage. A total of 197 concerts were given during the Exposition:
- 32 Orchestral, by Exposition Orchestra
- 2 Orchestral Boston Symphony Orchestra
- 2 Orchestral New York Symphony Orchestra
- 27 Choral, Exposition Orchestra used
- 2 Choral given with Orchestra, but after the Exposition Orchestra had disbanded
- 7 Choral without Orchestra
- 3 Chamber Concerts, by Kneisel Quartet
- 62 Organ concerts
137 Concerts with paid admission
- 53 orchestral, by Exposition orchestra in Festival and Music Halls
- 3 orchestral, by Exposition Orchestra in Woman's Building
- 2 orchestral, by Exposition Orchestra in Music Pavilion, Exposition Grounds, east
- 2 Pianoforte Recitals
60 Free Concerts
"One dollar was the usual charge for all seats (reserved) at concerts given with orchestra; 25 cents was the standard admission price to all organ concerts." (Musical Year Book, 1892-93, p. XXVI)
Critics. "H-T-P" = Henry Taylor Parker who was the music critic of the "Boston Evening Transcript" for thirty years. Formerly a resident of 132 Bowdoin Street, he was in 1935 living at the Hotel Vendome &ndash' "respectable, Puritan, and the excellent haven of neo-elderly ladies." (McCord, p. 4) "William Aptorp's writings appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Sunday Courier, the Boston Traveler, and the Boston Evening Trasnscript. Howard Ticknor wrote for the Boston Advertiser, Boston Globe, and Boston Herald, and was assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Louis C. Elson edited the Musical Herald, and appeared in the Boston Courier and Boston Advertiser. Philip Hale contibuted to the Boston Home Journal, Boston Post, the Boston Herald, and Musical Courier, and edited the Musical Record and Musical World. One writer on music, Benjamin Woolf, had been born in England and exercised an extremely retrogressive taste in his writings for the Saturday Evening Gazette and, later, the Herald. He raged at contemporary local American musicians, sometimes including Foote, with ridicule and invective." (Tara, Foote, p. 112) George H. Wilson, a boyhood friend and schoolmate of George Chadwick, "had been the critic of the Boston Post and for ten years edited the Boston Musical Yearbook." In 1892 he was the assistant to Theordore Thomas in arranging the music for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. (6462)
Photo from the Orpheus Club of Springfield, MA website. Cutter conducted this male voice choir from 1890-1894.
Cutter, Mr. E. Jr. Listed as the pianist for the Apollo Club concert on Wednesday May 4, 1898 (BPL Prog., Vol. 7) Cutter gave two organ recitals during 1897 and 1898 sponsored by the Twentieth Century Club of Boston who were motivated "by the lack of public appreciation of organ recitals characteristic of that city." (Elson, p. 274)
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King's HANDBOOK OF BOSTON, 1878, p. 144.
Daily Advertiser. Daily paper formed in 1813. Described in 1889 as a paper which "has always been the organ of a select constituency among the wealthier and more conservative classes. Its politics are Republican... The afternoon annex of the Advertiser, however, a one-cent paper, The Record, is as frisky and sensational as its parent is sedate, and is a newsy and popular little sheet." (Grieve, p. 103) . Eleven years earlier, in 1878, The Daily Advertiser on Court Street was described as "the oldest daily in Boston," and it enjoyed "a substantial prosperity, its circulation being principally among the wealthy and cultivated people of Boston and New England." It was Republican, and aimed "to represent the advanced and enlightened wing of the party." The writers gave "to the paper a conservative and cultured tone, which, together with its literary features," made "it acceptable to a class of readers whose influence was far out of proportion to their numbers." The Advertiser was "a large folio, well printed on good paper." (King, p. 144) Louis Elson was the Music Critic from 1886 until his death in 1920.
Daniels, Mabel. b. November 27, 1879 and d. March 10, 1971 [Just over a year before Margaret's death on May 30, 1972]. Long time friend of Margaret's who wrote her a letter of introduction to Victor Gluth when she went to Munich in 1903. After returning to America, she "joined the mixed chorus of the Cecilia Society in order to learn more about orchestration and scores, since she herself played no orchestral instrument." (Ammer, Unsung-Century Edition, p. 108) "Daniels came from a culturally-elite family established by her father in his position as the president of the Handel and Haydn Society." (Blunsom, p. 33) "Her grandfather, William Daniels, was an organist and member of the Handel and Haydn Society from 1844-1886, and her maternal grandfather was a choir director. Both Daniels' parents sang with the Handel and Haydn Society, and her father was president of that organization from 1899 to 1908 [Just after B. J.'s two years as conductor of that choir]... George Daniels [Mabel's father] was also a personal friend of B. J. Lang... Aside from [Mabel] Daniels, her parents and grandfather, there were at least eight other members of the Daniels family that belonged to the Handel and Haydn Society." (Blunsom, p. 65) Margaret, Mrs. Beach and three other women were the judges in a contest for a new Girl Scout Song-a contest that Mabel Daniels won.(Musical America XXVIII/21, 21 Sept. 1918, p. 19 illustrations) Margaret wrote to Mabel on June 27, 1953 that every ten years she reviewed her book collection with the aim of removing items that were no longer of interest. "As always - I fall upon 'American Girl in Munich' saying to myself - 'This must surely go, at last.' Then I sit down to reinforce my decision, after a space of timelessness, I find I have been sitting absorbed in its pages, - & for the subsequent three evenings have read every word from beginning to end, - back it goes on to my shelves with hoarded treasures." She then mentioned: "This week it has been extremely delightful - because of my mother's daily journal of our Munich days - dug up by my sister from the past." (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Mabel Daniels Papers, MC 266) It is probable that the Munich music student experiences of both women were somewhat the same.
Dixey, Mr. Richard C. (b. Nov. 11, 1844, MA) Ellen S[turgis] (b. Newburg, NY on February 11, 1849, MA)(1897 Passport Application). They were married on April 16, 1875 at Marblehead, which was listed as his current residence and place of birth, by the Rev. Chandler Robbins. Her full maiden name was Ellen Sturgis Tappan and her place of birth was Boston. His occupation was listed as Musician.(Marriage Certif.) The 1900 census lists his occupation as "Capitalist" who owned his home at 44 Beacon Street which had five servants, and as of that date, he had been married 25 years and had two children: Arthur Sturgis Dixey, born November 21, 1880 and Rosamond Dixey, born June 10, 1887. (1897 Passport Application)
Mr. Dixey had accompanied the Langs on their European trip of late May until late August of 1866. (Excerpts from Frances' Note Book, p. 1) An ad in the Evening Transcript stated: "Mr. R. C. Dixey, Teacher of Piano-Forte and Organ, Rooms 554 Washington Street. Mr. Dixey will be in Boston and ready to resume his lessons on and after Monday, October 1st." (Evening Transcript, October 3, 1866, p. 4, GenBank) His Passport Application of May 10, 1866 described him as: age-21; stature-5" 9 and 1/4"; forehead-high; eyes-hazel; nose-straight; mouth-medium; chin-square; hair-dark; complexion-dark; face-regular, and his birthplace-Marblehead, MA., November 9th., 1844. He also went with Langs to Europe in the fall of 1869, and his Passport Application for that year was witnessed by Hiram G. Tucker. He was then 24. As he was the accompanist for the vocalists at a concert Tuesday evening January 12, 1864 where B. J. Lang was the featured artist, it can be assumed that he studied piano with Lang. The vocalists were Miss J. A. Houston soprano and Mr. H. C. Barnabee bass. This was held at the New Bedford Lyceum (BPL Prog., Vol. 1) Dixie also opened the program at a Lang organized concert at Salem's Mechanic Hall on Monday evening March 10, 1865. (Ibid) He was an assisting artist in a "Soiree Musicale" in Aid of the Fair for "For Dumb Animals," organized under the patronage of Mrs. W. M. Appleton, Mrs. R. E. Apthorp, and Mrs. G. J. F. Bryant held at Mechanic Hall on Wednesday evening, November 29, 1871. Dr. Langmaid also assisted along with Miss Alice Lang, a vocalist. The program did not list the specific repertoire that Mr. Dixey played although the selections for the other artists were listed (HMA Program Collection). Mr. Richard C. Dixey presented selections from Wagner's Lohengrin at Mechanic's Hall on April 27th., 1872. "We noticed eminent musicians, artists, and literateurs." Dixey was "assisted by able talent, and [the performance] was one of the most enjoyable [events] of the season." (Folio, June 1872) Another item in the same issue said: "The musical season in Boston may be said to have closed on April 30th." (Ibid)
Arthur Sturgis Dixey (son of above, b. November 1880) left a colored drawing in the Lang Family Guest Book dated August 3, 1896. (6767) Ellen Sturgis Dixey, Arthur's mother, did the same dated June 27, 1897, and under the drawing are also the signatures of Richard C. Dixey and Rosamond Dixey (daughter, b. June 10, 1887 at Boston) (1900 Census). (6770) A Passport Application dated July 12, 1897 was for Mr. Dixey, his wife, and son and daughter, and then projected return date was Autumn 1898. At this point he listed homes in Boston and Lenox, MA, and the describtions now included: chin-square, pointed beard; hair-dark, turning gray. In 1909 Mrs. Dixey was a Patroness of a French Play as was Mrs. B. J. Lang. At one of the performances Mr. Dixey organized a party that included his daughter-Miss Rosamond Dixey. Was that name chosen to honor the connection with the Lang family? (Herald, December 26, 1909, p. 24, Gen Bank)
Arthur S. Dixey died in Seoul, Korea on July 26, 1905. The cause was "heart failure, following an illness of a week, during which he received every attention." (Herald, July 28, 1905, p. 7, GenBank) He had graduated from Harvard in 1902, then entered Harvard Law School and had passed the bar examination. He spoke and wrote in both French and German, and his posting to Korea was as the secretary to Ambassador Edwin D. Morgan which seemed to indicate a career in the foreign service. He had been in Korea less than a year before his illness. Arthur was responsible for the costumes and scenery for the Hasty Pudding Club musical of 1902 for which Malcolm Lang composed the music.
The 1910 census lists Richard C. Dixey as aged 65 with "Own Income" and his wife, Ellen S. Dixey as 61. Rosamond S. was still living at home, aged 22, and Mary A. Tappan, "Sister-in-law," single, aged 59, also with "Own Income." This household of four was supported by a staff of six. (1910 Census)
In January 1915 Richard "threw himself from a third-story window of his home at 44 Beacon Street yesterday and was dead when discovered. Dixey had been suffering from a nervous disorder for some time...Richard C. Dixey was retired. He had lived in the Beacon Street house for nearly 40 years. He was born in Marblehead, and was recognized at one time as a most accomplished pianist...Mr. Dixey had a summer place in Lenox he called 'Tanglewood.'" (Herald, January 20, 1915, p. 2, Genbank) This house had been inherited by his wife and her sister, Miss Mary Tappen. It eventually became the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While at Tanglewood the previous summer Dixey had been "under the treatment of Dr. Bruce Paddock, and he returned to Boston in November in better health and spirits than on his arrival at his country house. Over 40 years Mr. Dixey had been going to Lenox for resort and recreation." (Springfield Republican, January 20, 1915, p. 11, GenBank) He was described as "an accomplished musician, dilettante of fine arts, linguist, highly accomplished and well read," and he "drew abouthim and to Lenox musicians and scholars who made up his group of friends. Several of these guests, including Timothee Adamoski, gave concerts at Tanglewood." (Ibid) His wife had been one of his piano pupils. (Ibid)
The 1920 Census lists Ellen as a widow, her sister Mary is still living with her, but Rosamond is not listed. Rosamond had married Mr. Gorham C. Brooks who was the Assistant Treasurer of Harvard University. (Herald, January 20, 1915, p. 2, GenBank) There are still six servants. (1920 Census). The building at 44 Beacon Street, four floors, 9,752 square-feet, was built in 1806 for the third mayor of Boston, Harrison Gray Otis for his daughter. In 2010 it was bought by the American Meteorological Society whose headquarters was next door at 45 Beacon Street. (BeaconHillPatch, Internet,v iewed February 11, 2011)
Dolmetsch, Arnold. "During the winter of 1905 Dolmetsch signed a contract with Chickering's of Boston, America's leading firm of piano makers, to open a department for the manufacture of early keyboard instruments, viols and lutes. Here he would be his own master, completely in charge of staff and the selection of materials. It is not known exactly how much he earned, but there are still visable signs of the prosperity that the family enjoyed at this, the only time in their lives when they were truly free from financial worry... There is no question that some of his best work was produced in the Chickering factory during the six years of his association with the firm." (Campbell, pp. 168 and 169) Some he formed a viol concort and gave "intimes in his own home... These evenings usually attracted a few notables such as the Longfellows or the notorious Mrs. Jack Gardner, but they also tempted an occasional member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra." (Ibid, p. 170)
Rogers, Story of Two Lives, facing p. 74.
Dresel, Otto. (b. December 20, 1826 in Germany-d. July 26, 1890, Beverly, MA 1890). "He grew up in a progressive, intellectual home, his father being a sympathizer with the German liberal movement of 1848." (Dic. Am. Biog., p. 449) He studied piano and composition with Hiller in Cologne and then with Mendelssohn in Leipzig. In 1842 "he was sent to Weimar... for instruction with Franz Liszt." (Urrows, p. 346) He arrived in America, New York City, in 1848 "and was an intimate friend of Robert Franz." (Howard, p. 223) Moved to Boston as a piano teacher in 1852, and gave piano recitals every year, perhaps because in New York, as in New Orleans, the opera with its social corollaries was more esteemed than concert music, and he felt his talent would more quickly win recognition in a more conservative city. Nor was he mistaken in his choice; his merit was soon recognized, and for more than fifteen years he held his place as Boston's foremost resident pianist, whose interpretations of the masterpieces of the classic piano repertoire gave evidence of his taste and technique." (Dic. Am. Biog., p. 459) "A musician of exceptional cultivation, and influential in introducing German music, he became the leading local [Boston] pianists." (HMA Bulletin No. 16) He spent forty-two of his sixty-four years in America. "His repertoire was composed of the most interesting works of pianoforte literature, while sometimes he varied programmes by the introduction of piano trios, quartets, and quintets." (Ritter, p. 333) Composer of "string quartets and in many forms for various purposes; distinguished for his transcriptions for the pianoforte or organ of Handel's and Bach's scores." (Jenks, p.483) "He had collaborated with Robert Franz in supplying accompaniments for the vocal scores of Bach and Handel, and he took special pains to make the Franz songs known. His original compositions include piano pieces, songs, chamber music, an 'Army hymn' for solo, chorus, and orchestra (Boston, Jan. 1, 1863), and a setting of Longfellow's 'In memoriam,' soprano and orchestra, to commemorate the fiftieth birthday of Louis Agassiz." (Dic. Am. Biog., p. 450) "Arthur Foote, who knew both men well, specifically called Dresel Dwight's 'counselor.'" (Urrows, p. 345) Julia Ward Howe "noted that he [Dresel] was 'almost idolized by Mr. Dwight.' (Urrows, p. 351) Dwight described Dresel in 1853 as being "nervous, fastidious, self-exacting, critical, anxiously loyal to an artistic ideal...despising all parade of mere performance, somewhat moody... and with a touch of genius in him...All this charms the like-minded and wins upon the thoughtful, but is apt to prepossess unfavoably those who look to externals." (Urrows, p. 345) "Whereas New Yorkers did not appreciate a "cerebral player, with contempt for popular tastes... [who] could be caustic and abusive at the slightest provocation... Bostonians readily accepted Dresel, and he immediately became the leading pianist and accompanist in the city during the 1850s and 1860s. Musicians and audiences considered him a highly intellectual performer, even from the very beginning. His concerts were held on Tremont Street in a small hall, which was called 'the upper room' by many in his audience..His word, William Foster Apthorp would later write, was law." (Urrows, p. 351) Dresel could be caustic about his fellow musicians: Carl Zerrahn, or "the big Z" as Dresel called him. was described as a "perfectly unable leader." (Urrows, p. 355 and 371) In a letter to Dwight, Dresel complained about William Foster Apthorp who was Dwight's correspondent in Europe c. 1870, saying that "I was rather more amused than exasperated at that youngster's trashy letters in your paper; for conceit and silliness they were truly remarkable." (Urrows, p. 371) Possibly Dresel was upset by Apthorp's byline: "Young man of the future." (Urrows, p. 385) In another letter (February 19, 1873) he wrote: "The latest Boston musical production is a rather queer one, it is: Mr. Willie Apthorp, who has entered the ranks of our musical profession, for reasons only intelligible to himself, and who-entre nous-plays the piano-very badly indeed...He teaches it therefore." (Urrows, p. 386) Of the BSO conductor Arthur Nikisch he wrote: "For after all, little Nikisch is not a man of either much character, nor of fine sense of beauty." (Urrows, p. 374) Much of the period 1863-1870 Dresel, now married and with two children, was spent in Europe. This probably allowed B. J. Lang to expand his career for Dresel wrote in early 1870: "I dread to go back to Boston; there seems to be little chance for a sphere of action left for me there... others have stepped into my place, and it will be difficult to regain the lost ground." (Urrows, p. 371) But Arthur Foote spoke well of Dresel, calling him "A man of strong character and felling" who "had deservedly a great influence in musical affairs. He was wise, seemed to me all-knowing, an authority on Bach and Handel... He was certainly one of the best influences in my life." (HMA Bulletin No. 4, p. 2) In his Autobiography, Foote wrote in somewhat the same vein: "Dresel was a man of thorough knowledge, real talent in composition, a pianist of exquiste taste and feeling, profound convictions as to what was best and what was negligible, and consequently with pretty strong prejudices, as later against Brahms and Wagner (He used to say that he would not sleep in the same room with a Wagner score). Dresel in after years was to be for me an inspiration." (Foote, Auto., p. 24)
Dunham, Henry M. Born 1853. Studied at NEC and Boston University. Taught organ at NEC. In his LIFE OF A MUSICIAN he mentions B. J. Lang. "Mr. Lang was neither a great pianist nor organist, and yet he was in considerable demand as soloist on both these instruments. For many years he was organist for the Handel and Haydn Society and when finally Carl Zerrahn had to retire because of his rapidly increasing deafness, Mr. Lang succeeded him as its director. On his invitation, I played the organ part to Haydn's Oratorio The Creation, at one of the concerts of the Society in Music Hall. For many years we dubbed him "The Musical Dictator of Boston," which in a large degree was true." (Dunham, p. 77) Dunham recorded another Lang story: he had just played his own Third Organ Sonata at an A. G. O. gathering at Jordan Hall. "Mr. B. J. Lang sat quite near the console and when I passed him after playing he shook me by the hand and said, 'Dunham, I am proud to know you.' Afterwards, while talking things over in the Sinfonia rooms he said. 'What I like about your Sonata is that you do not get there too soon. The climax comes just where it should.' This, from the musical autocrat of Boston whose authority and judgment in things musical were unquestioned, pleased me immensely.'" (Dunham, p. 188)
Dutton, Alice. In early October 1864 the Boston Musical Times reported: "Little Alice Dutton, the child pianist, who is to make her appearance this evening at the Music Hall, is a musical prodigy. We have heard some of her private performances with wonderment, so remarkable a power does she possess for reading music and execution on the piano. We have seen difficult pieces of music, which she had never seen nor heard of, placed before her for the first time, and heard her play them with a facility and skill such as few practiced amateurs could accomplish after careful study of those same pieces. Since she came here she has lived in retirement, and taken finishing lessons in style from Mr. B. J. Lang. We look forward to her performance to-night with confident anticipation of success." (BMT, October 1, 1864, p. 48) However, Dwight reported that Miss Dutton made her "maiden concert" in October 1865 at Chickering's rooms. She was then thirteen, and had come "from the West two years ago with a musical talent that had been growing up wild, with no sure direction, and who has been studying with Mr. Lang, and eagerly listening to the best music, is now really an accomplished pianist, in technical facility quite remarkable... Mr. Lang turned over the leaves with anxious and we dare say proud interest in his pupil. The audience was not so large as we could have wished; but it contained some of the most musical persons, and the impression made on critical artists, as well as on friends and willing public, was highly favorable to the young player." (Dwight, October 28, 1865, p. 127) But Dwight was wrong in saying that this was her debut-he had written in April 1864 that Lang "and his pupil Alice Dutton, a child of 12 years" would would play the Grand Duo Concertante for two pianos on the Gypsey March in Preciosa arranged by Mendelssohn and Moscheles, and that this would be "her first public appearance." (Dwight, April 16, 1864, p. 223) On December 17th. she returned to her home state of Iowa and gave a recital in Burlington, aprogram that she shared with "Mr. Strasser, an able violinist, who is well known in the West. But few had ever heard of this girl, and many doubted when they saw the programme, that she would be able to sustain her share in it. But they were soon undeceived." The article went on to tell of her early training which began when she was nine years old with a teacher in Davenport who "instructed her in a course of Clementi's, Moscheles', and Czerny's Studies. She then came to Prof. Lange [sic] in Boston, whose tuition she enjoyed for two years. Now she is giving concerts in order to raise the funds which will enable her to go to one of the conservatories of Europe." Unfortunately her programs were to heavy for Iowans at that time, and "up to the present, not successful." (BMT, January 6, 1866, pp. 2 and 3) Returning to Boston, in March of 1866 she soloed with the Orchestral Union playing Mendelssohn's Serenade and Allegro Giojoso [sic], "and played it wonderfully well for one almost a child. Her hand spans hardly an octave... The girl has talent and the air of being sincerely absorbed in her art." (Dwight, March 31, 1866, p. 215) On Sunday evening February 3, 1867 Dutton, listed as a pupil of B. J. Lang, appeared as one of eight assisting artists at one of "Gilmore's Grand Sacred Concerts" at the Music Hall. She played Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G Minor, Opus 25, and a hand-written notation on the program records that B. J. Lang conducted this piece. (BPL Lang Prog., 6250) (Also BPL Prog., Vol. 1) On Monday evening March 4, 1867 Lang arranged a concert at Salem's Lyceum Hall at which he played the solo part of the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 2 Op. 40 with Alice playing the orchestral reduction. Then she was the soloist in Mendelssohn's Concerto No. 1 Op. 25 with Lang playing the orchestral part, and the concert ended with Grand Duo on Themes from Norma by Thalberg played by Alice and Lang. (BPL Prog., Vol. 1) Just under a year later another appearance with the Orchestral Union at the eighth and final concert of their Spring 1867 season produced the following in the Boston Musical Times: "Miss Alice Dutton played Weber's Concertstuck for Piano and Orchestra, and very finely too, with a firm, vigorous execution, joined with remarkable neatness and purity of touch, and good expression. She posseses the right qualities, which, properly developed, will make her a pianist of high rank." (BMT, May 4, 1867, p. 42) Dwight's comment was that the Weber had been "Capitally played." (Dwight, April 27, 1867, p. 23) On Wednesday afternoon February 19, 1868 Alice played the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Orchestral Union. Zerrahn was the concert's conductor, but a handwritten note on the program states that Lang conducted this concerto. (BPL Prog,. Vol. 1) A month later Dwight mentioned that "So successful a reading of the pianoforte part [Beethoven Trio, Op. 97 with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club] by so young a maiden as Miss Alice Dutton was clear proof both of rare native faculty and rare development in so few years in a sound direction. It is clear that she loves the best music, feels it, and conceives it vividly... she has acquired such technical facility and certainty that she now has all the treasures of this fine world open to her." (Dwight, March 14, 1868, p. 206) In December 1868 she was part of a concert given by the contralto Adelaide Phillipps in which she played the Mendelssohn Serenade and Allegro Gioioso " with orchestra, "neatly, conscientiously and tastefully, only needing more force, which she will gain with time." (Dwight, december 19, 1868, p. 367) Lang was the conductor for this concert. In January 1869 she repeated the Weber Concert-Stuck, this time with the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra, and Dwight noted: "Miss Alice Dutton, though yet very young and hardly past the stage of pupilage, has so distinguished herself not only by her talent, but by what with talent is too rare, a true musical spirit." In the Weber "the swift passages of the Rondo giojoso were beautifully bright and liquid." (Dwight, Janauary 30, 1869, p. 390) Lang used Miss Dutton as one of the soloists in his series of three Mercantile Hall concerts in April 1869. At the first concert she played the Mendelssohn Serenade and Allegro in B Minor with orchestra, and Dwight commented:"Miss Dutton, as a classical pianist, gains in favor by each effort." (Dwight, April 24, 1869, p. 23) In the same month she appeared with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club playing Mendelssohn's Quartet in B Minor, Op. 3. "The early Piano Quartet of Mendelssohn was a fortunate revival showing Miss Alice Dutton's powers to good advantage." (Dwight, April 27, 1869, p. 15) She soloed with the HMA Orchestra in February, 1870 in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37. "The entire C-Minor Concerto of Beethoven had never been played here before. Mr. Lang, in the second season of the Concerts, played the first movement only, which is certainly the most significant, with the Cadenza by Moscheles. This time his fair pupil, Miss Dutton, allowed us to hear the whole... Miss Dutton won much praise by the performance, showing marked improvement, though the strength flagged a little near the end." (Dwight, February 12, 1870, p. 191) Now in her early twenties, she advertised to give a "Complimentary Concert" assisted by Miss Adelaide Phillipps, Mr. W. H. Fessenden, Mr. Wulf Fries, Mr. B. J. Lang, and Mr. G. W. Sumner at Mechanics' Hall on Saturday evening, February 14, 1874. Lang's only part was to provide the "Orchestral accompaniment on a second grand piano" for the opening Concerto [G Minor] by Mendelssohn (HMA Program Collection) Dwight attended this concert which had "a goodly audience, who listened with much interest to the young lady's clean, forcible, and brilliant execution." Dwight felt that in the forte passages her "sound was hard and cutting,-too much hammer, so to speak," but he did suggest that this might have been the fault of the piano used (no brand named). (Dwight, February 21, 1874, p. 183) Dutton and Mr. C. R. Hayden shared the New England Conservatory 376th. Concert. This might imply that she was now a faculty member. "The lady plays very much as formerly, with neat and brilliant execution," and of Hayden, Dwight wrote: "His tenor voice has certainly improved in power and quality, and in his management of it he has grown less stiff and spasmodic." (Dwight, October 31, 1874, p. 327)
From a painting by Caroline Cranch, in possession of the Harvard Musical Association.
Cooke, Dwight, page opposite frontispiece.
Ryan, RECOLLECTIONS, plate opposite p. 120.
Dwight, John Sullivan. 1813-93. "The Boston-born son of a Harvard graduate who had himself, too, studied for the ministry only to resign the cloth to become a medical doctor. Young Dwight attended Harvard College, where he played the piano and the clarinet in the campus chamber music groups, the Arionic and Pierian Sodalities, and upon graduation he organized the alumni of the Pierian Society into what became the Harvard Musical Association." )Grant, p. 39) Louis Elson wrote: "His inveterate optimism, his sunny nature and unspoilable power of enjoyment were contagious. Few men probably ever enjoyed life as he did; to him life was all roses, with never a thorn - save, perhaps, in the (to him) minor matter of Wagner, Liszt & Co. Whether it was a fine day, a fair landscape. A poem, a Beethoven symphony, or a lobster with a bottle of champagne, his enjoyment of it was something wonderful to contemplate." (Johnson, Hallelujah, p. 159) "Dwight was born in Boston in 1813, and after graduating from Harvard in 1832, he became a Unitarian minister. But his heart was in music and teaching, and after a few years in the ministry, he became a teacher of music and Latin at the Brook Farm community. In 1837, with Henry K. Oliver and two others he founded the Harvard Musical Association, for the purpose of raising the standard of musical taste at the University, preparing the way for a professorship of music, and collecting a library that would contain music and musical literature in all its branches. The aims were all realized, and the association's soirees, and later its orchestral concerts, were a regular part of musical life in Boston... It was the moral backing of the Harvard Musical Association that led Dwight to establish his Journal of Music in 1852. He was editor, publisher and proprietor for six years. In 1858 the Oliver Ditson Company took it over, and retained Dwight as editor. In 1878 it was sold to other publishers and was discontinued in 1881. Dwight probably never had more than five or six hundred subscribers until he went with Ditson, but he was an influence nevertheless. Musicians read his paper and courted his praises." (Howard, p. 225) Grant's number was higher: "The Journal's collective readership could never have been more than a few thousand, and only as a critic for a daily metropolitan newspaper could Dwight have hoped to have reached great masses of people." (Grant, p. 52) Apthorp wrote an extended obituary notice for the September 5, 1893 Boston Evening Transcript calling Dwight "one of the most unique figures Boston has ever claimed as her own... Dwight's artistic gift was of a very general sort. His choice of Music from among the fine arts as his daily companion through life was undoubtedly less owing to any special aptitude than to the extraordinary vividness and intensity with which musical impressions affect almost all artistic natures. Music was the art which could be enjoyed most intensely, immediately, and with the least effort; so he took to Music... Of specifically musical organization he had extremely little; his only native aptitude for the art consisted in what is commonly called 'a fair ear' and general aesthetic sensibility. It may be doubted whether he ever really studied music; his technical knowledge of the art was always slight. He could read notes and work his way through pianoforte scores on that instrument, although he never even began (or tried to begin) to master its technique... His naturally musical ear never developed to more than an average pitch of delicacy; technical slips seldom disturbed him, and 'rough performances' fully satisfied him, if only the right spirit was there... he was irresistibly drawn toward what is pure, noble, and beautiful, and felt these things with infinite keenness; he had an inborn and unconquerable horror of the merely grandiose, of what is big without being great, of the factitiously intense, of the trivial and vulgar. He was an optimist, through and through, and wished all art to be optimistic as himself... Upon the whole, Dwight was a man considerably astray in this nineteenth century of ours, with its hurry, bustle, and fierce struggle for existence... He was never in a hurray, and never could understand why any one should be... Dwight's specific literary faculty was as fine as that of any born American who ever wrote; his style was at once brilliant, solid, and impeccable... Personally Dwight was the most genial of companions. His inveterate optimism, his sunny nature, and unspoilable power of enjoyment were contagious. Few men probably ever enjoyed life as he did; to him life was all roses, with never a thorn, save perhaps in the (to him) minor matter of Wagner, Liszt & Co... How that benign, intellectual, sunlit face of his will be missed from the seat in the first balcony of the Music Hall, of which he was the almost never-failing occupant for twenty-five years or more! It is fitting that the Music Hall he loved should go with him. May both rest in peace." (Apthorp, Essays, pp. 277-286) However, with all his natural optimism, at the end of his magazine's run he had to admit that "Despite his exertions, the American public 'had not been converted en masse to classical music; its tastes for popular music appeared to be undiminished, and the rising music trades were only too happy to pander to it.'" In his final issue of September 3, 1881, Dwight wrote: "The musical papers that live and flourish financially are those... which abound in endless columns of insignificant three-line items of intelligence or news; the slang term 'newsy' is a description they covet. A journal which devotes itself to art for art's sake, and strives to serve the ends of culture, however earnestly and ably, gets praise and compliments, but not support." (Grant, p. 52)
A "Complimentary Concert" for Dwight was given at the Music Hall on Thursday December 9, 1880 at 2:30PM with 35 assisting artists plus the HMA Orchestra led by Zerrahn. B. J. Lang opened the second half with Schumann's Concert-stuck in G Op. 92: Introduction and Allegro Appassionata. (BPL Prog., Vol. 3 - see photo)
In a 1995 lecture to the Harvard Musical Association, Professor Michael Broyles provided details concerning Dwight's role in founding the Association. "Dwight, by the way, was a much more cagey politician than most give him credit for, as the actual birth of the HARVARD MUSICAL ASSOCIATION demonstrates. In July, 1837 three alumni and former members of the PIERIAN SODALITY, John S. Dwight, Henry Gassett, and Henry Pickering, suggested to the Pierians that a 'General Meeting of Past and Present Members of the Pierian Sodality' be held on graduation day, August 30. A committee was formed to prepare for the meeting. The committee was charged with determining the purpose of the new group. It worked independently of the Pierians as a whole, and on August 28, met with the immediate members and explained the objectives to be presented at the forthcoming general meeting. Dwight was the spokesman. He was the motivating force behind the idea and wrote the document that was ultimately presented. It was a very idealist document, presenting a serious vision of music that contrasted sharply with the fun loving approach of the Pierians. The undergraduates, however, had serious reservations about the general meeting, as the secretary's minutes confirms. Their chief concern: how on earth could they afford to properly outfit the refreshment room, with tuna and '...the very, very best wine.' Dwight was astute. He presented a petition with the signatures of fifteen honorary members pledging financial support for the expenses of the general meeting, e.g. refreshments?at the same time he explained the purposes. Needless to say his document met with a very favorable reception. Such is history. For a time the fate of the HMA itself hinged on who brought wine and tuna." (Broyles, p. 6)
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Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS, p. 467.
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 345.
By G. A. Klucken-Wikipedia, June 29, 2024.
Eichberg, Julius (b. Dusseldorff, June 13, 1824 and d. January 18, 1893). Born to a musical family, he "was taught at first by his father, and could play the violin acceptably when he was seven years old. Among his other teachers were... Rietz, who introduced his pupil to Mendelssohn." (DIC AM BIO, p. 57 and 58) Dwight, writing about Eichberg noted: "As a reminiscence, it may be mentioned that some years ago Mr. B. J. Lang, the eminent pianist of this city, called upon Rietz, and in the course of the conversation the maestro told him that he had one pupil in America of whom he was proud" - Eichberg. (Dwight, July 2, 1881, p. 106) Came to America in 1859 - career as a conductor and educator. Established Boston Conservatory in 1867 - active in Boston from c. 1860, "the first seven of which were passed as leader at the Boston Museum." In 1862 he presented there his best known operetta, The Doctor of Alcantara, "which has made its way all over the country." Was also head of music in the Boston Public Schools for many years. (Jenks, p.478-also had photo, taken from the right side) As late as 1930 Howard wrote that his "The Doctor of Alcantara is still a favorite, and the patriotic chorus, To Thee, O Country [written for the annual combined high school choirs concert, and done yearly with an accompaniment of orchestra and organ] is widely sung." (Howard, p. 224) Dwight describes him as "a person of marked originality of character, strong in reason and understanding, endowed also with rapid and keen perception, a lively sense of the beautiful, a tenacious memory, and resolute, firm will... such is the fertility of his mind, and such his power of illustration, that he is one of the most delightful of companions, a man with whom one can talk until two in the morning." (Dwight, July 2, 1881, p. 106) "At the age of fourteen, young Eichberg became musical director of the opera at Elberfield, which post he retained for the period of two years, at the expiration of which he went to Brussels... At Brussels he became a pupil of Fetis, for perfection in composition, and of DeBeriot and Meertz on the violin." (BMT, April 7, 1860, p. 57) After graduation from the Brussels Royal Conservatory with first prizes in violin and composition, he began his career in Geneva-director of an opera troupe, professor in the Conservatory, and director of music in a major church. He stayed eleven years, and then moved to New York in 1857 "with a view of benefiting his health... In 1859 he came to Boston and found a home. He was first engaged as director of music at the Museum... Mr. Eichberg remained at the Museum seven years. After a year of rest he established the Boston Conservatory of Music... Not far from the same time he was appointed general supervisor and director of music in all the high schools of the city." (Dwight, ibid) Lang may have had something to do with Eichberg coming to Boston. "Some years ago, Mr. B. J. Lang the eminent pianist of this city, called upon Rietz, and in the course of the conversation the maestro told him that he had one pupil in America of whom he was proud." (Dwight, ibid) "Those who know him will bear willing testimony to his accomplishments as linguist and scholar, and to those Christian graces of the true gentleman-self respect, sweetness of disposition, and unflinching integrity-which justify the declaration that he has not an enemy among men." (BMT, April 7, 1860, p. 58) In April 1864 Dwight noted: "Tomorrow evening, a 'Sacred Concert,' that is to say a Sunday Concert in the Music Hall by that excellent musician, JULIUS EICHBERG, who has composed for the occasion several pieces for Violin, Violincello, Piano and Organ. Two organ pieces will be played by Mr. Lang; two soprano songs will be sung by Miss Houston, and two baritone songs by Mr. SCHRAUBSTAEDTER." (Dwight, April, 30, 1864, p. 23) No review appeared in subsequent editions. In September 1866 it was announced that "Boston has lost Julius Eichberg. His powers are appreciated, and remunerated handsomely in New York, and Messrs. Baker and Smith retain him at the New York Theatre where they will give a season of English opera." (BMT, September 8, 1866, p. 3) "Mr. Eichberg is quite a lion in N. Y. musical circles. He is busily engaged in forming his new opera troupe which will perform at Baker and Smith's New York Theatre. He will open with the Doctor of Alcantara and follow that with the The Two Cadis, which he considers his best work." (BMT, October 6, 1866, p. 4) Soon after Eichberg quit as leader of the Boston Museum Orchestra, the Boston Musical Times reported: "The orchestra at the Boston Museum needs reinforcement sadly. It is numerically small and musically flat. From being the best of our city orchestras it has degenerated into the worst. It is to be hoped that the excellent manager of the establishment will institute an immediate reform." (BMT, October 6, 1866, p. 3) However, things did not go smoothly at the New York Theatre: "Mr. Eichberg has withdrawn from the New York Theatre, and is teaching in New York City." (BMT, December 1 , 1866, p. 3) He "became Supervisor of Music in the public schools... He is noted especially for establishing the Boston Conservatory of Music, which school was later absorbed by the New England Conservatory of Music. The present Boston Conservatory is a different and later organization." (HMA Bulletin No. 15)
"He composed much for his instrument, including graceful solos and valuable studies as well as various ensemble numbers. Among the later were an Ave Maria and Reverie for violin, 'cello, piano, and organ, given in the old Music Hall." (DIC AM BIO, p. 58) B. J. and he often played Eichberg's Religious Meditation for violin and organ.
Chadwick, in his Diary, described Eichberg as "another rare soul whose genial though pungent wit and most lavable personality eneared him, Jew though he was, to every one who knew him." (6353)
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 397.
C. 1910. Johnston Collection.
Elson, Louis Charles. 1848-1920. "Was active from 1882, a Boston-born, Leipzig-educated pedant, head of theoretical instruction at the New England Conservatory. While ardent and analytical enough to please the most exacting listener, Elson was no great assist to the cause of 'the newness' as the era of the 'eighties was called." (Johnson, HALLELUJAH, p. 158) The NEW GROVE DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN MUSIC entry adds: born in Boston-April 17, 1848 and died there, February 14, 1920. He studied music in Boston and at the Leipzig Conservatory. "It was as a critic, lecturer, and writer on music that he was most important." (AM GROVE 1986, p. 43) He returned from Leipzig in 1877, and "became associated with several leading music journals, including Vox Humana and the Musical Herald, both of which he eventually edited. He was music editor of the Boston Courier and then of the Boston Daily Advertiser from 1886 until his death." Henry Dunham, organ instructor of the New England Conservatory felt that Elson was "too affable, too anxious to say nothing unkind to become great as a critic; always interesting however, and very much read; his fund of general information was prodigious." (Dunham, p. 220) Also see article on Daily Advertiser.
He taught theory at the New England Conservatory beginning in 1880, and became head of the department in 1882 upon the death of Stephen Emery. (Green, p. 212) "In 1945 his widow established a memorial fund at the Library of Congress for the presentation of lectures on music. His son was the writer Arthur Elson [1848-1920]." (AM GROVE 1986, p. 44) The 1986 AM GROVE article lists 15 books that he wrote or edited. His last book was published in 1918 - WOMEN IN MUSIC. "He has acted as choral director on various occasions in Boston, notably a festival in 1886, the programs including music selected all the way from the medieval beginnings of the art up to the present time. As a composer, his work is mostly in the smaller forms, including several piano-pieces, three operettas, and other songs. He has also made translations and arrangements of a great number of French, English and Italian songs, and of operas... As a vocalist, he has been connected with several of the leading choirs of Boston... Mr. Elson's diction is concise, often humorous, and reveals in every line broad and genuine culture fused with the specialized knowledge of the trained and experienced musician. His distinguished contemporary, W. S. B. Mathews speaks of it as a 'ripe and finished literary style, rarely found outside the ranks of professional authors.'" (Green, p. 212) "In this field [musical criticism] he led the way to a more detailed and thorough estimate of musical works and performances than had been customary in the United States, and incidentally treated all artists under his review with courtesy, even when adverse comment proved necessary... In 1873 he married Bertha Lissnere, who survived him with their son, Arthur Elson. A memorial tablet was placed in the New England Conservatory of Music, where he served so long and faithfully, teaching up to the very day of his death" (Dic. Am. Bio., C. A. W., pp.199 and 120). Elson also "holds the dubious distinction of being the American critic with the most citations in Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective... A singer and composer of modest attainments, Elson was not university trained but studied privately in Leipzig before returning to his native Boston in 1877 to begin a career of musical journalism on various magazines and newspapers." (Grant, p. 94) His reviews "reflect a man who, while obsessed with correcting what he saw as bad musical grammar, had the discernment to report clearly what he heard... Unlike some of his contemporaries, Elson found even Debussy cacophonous. Pedantic references to theory and harmony abound in his critiques. Ravel and the Sibelius Fourth Symphony were too much for him, let alone Schoenberg." (Ibid, pp. 95 and 96)
Elson, Arthur. "Is a well-known musical critic and writer. His books, Women's Work in Music, Orchestral Instruments and Their Use, A Critical History of Opera, Modern Composers of Europe, and frequent contributions to musical periodicals, have added to the luster of the family name. The two, father [Louis] and son, deserve especial mention as representative of the best modern thought concerning the future of the woman musician. They are truly American in their fair-minded recognition of her ability to do more than she has been permitted to do by the foreigner." (Green, p. 212)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 342.
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS, p. 655.
Dunham, THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN, p. 51.
Emery, Stephen Albert. Born Paris, Maine 1841, son of a distinguished lawyer and judge. After one year of Colby College, he left because of ill health and impaired sight, and "then as a pastime, took up the study of piano and harmony." (Howe-One Hundred, p. 656) He spent 1862 to 1864 studying music in Leipzig and Dresden, returned to Portland for two years and then moved to Boston after the Great Fire in 1866. He quickly obtained positions at the New England Conservatory and the Boston University College of Music. "Many of the younger American composers have been indebted to Mr. S. A. Emery for their instruction in the art of composition, and he stands in the front rank of American theorists." (Howe-One Hundred, p. 656) In 1889 he was credited with composing about one hundred and fifty published pieces.
Dunham, THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN, p. 51.
Essipoff, Madame. Born: February 12, 1851 (St. Petersburg, Russia). Died: August 18, 1914 , aged 63 (St. Petersburg, Russia) (Wikipedia article, 7/1/11). One-time wife of Leschetizky, Paderewski mentioned that "there were several Mesdames Leschetizky-all musical-all charming!" (Paderewski, p. 120) He further stated that "her playing in many ways was perfect, except when it came to strong, effective pieces-then she was lacking in real force, as women pianists usually are... She was very feminine in her playing, and small poetic pieces she could play admirably. She was an intelligent woman with evident culture, attractive to look at, and with a very pleasing personality altogether, which was a great asset to her on the concert platform." Ibid, p. 121) In fact she played the world premier of Paderewski's Piano Concerto as the composer "had not studied the concerto sufficiently for a great public performance." (Ibid, p. 121) Later in his career Paderewski met Madame Essipoff again. "She was already divorced from Leschetizky and was professor of music at the Conservatory at St. Petersburg. Madame Essipof was no longer young, but she was still fine-looking and always brilliant, and enjoyed a great success there as a professor. She had already stopped her career as a pianist." (Paderewski, p. 298)
She was born at St. Petersburg in 1851. First taught by her father who was "an enthusiastic amateur musician," at 14 she entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she "became a pupil of Theodore Leschetitsky, who had adopted her and who found her as headstrong as she was talented." Rubinstein thought that she should study the voice, but "Leschetitsky was equally urgent that she should make the pianoforte her life study. She decided on the pianoforte, and in 1876-77 she carried off the prize not only for execution but also for sight-playing. Her public career began somewhat before this time. For she appeared in Vienna in 1874 and scored a triumph, as she did also in England in the same year. A letter written at that time describes her as 'far more able than Von Bulow and not nearly so incorrect.' She played Chopin better than anybody. Many critics placed her higher as a pianist than Rubinstein or Madame Schumann, in fact second only to Liszt. She was considered a wonder. After having traveled far and wide for eight years and established a great reputation, she married her former teacher, Leschetitsky, in 1880. Madame Essipoff made a tour in America in 1877, but notwithstanding her remarkable talent, her success was small... In 1893 she separated from her husband, though her admiration for him as a musician and a teacher was as great as ever. Leschetitsky, on his part, showed his regard for her by using his influence to secure her his own former position as pianoforte instructor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, a position which she resigned early in 1900." (Lahee, p. 299-301) In 1874 Dwight published an account of her English appearances: "At the morning concert of Saturday May 16, a new pianiste, Madame Essipoff, made her debut in England, choosing for the occasion Chopin's Concerto in E Minor. This accomplished lady, a native of Russia, fully realized in all that Rubenstein, Auer, Henselt, and more recently Dr. Von Bulow, had affirmed respecting her truly marvelous talents. Madame Essipoff four years ago, at the Conservatoire of St. Petersburgh, carried off the prize not only for execution, but for sight-reading, the great test of musical competency. In Vienna last winter her performance at the Philharmonic concert was a great triumph; and at three concerts given by Mdme. Essipoff on her own account, she created a legitimate 'sensation', particularly in the music of Chopin, manifestly her forte." (Dwight, June 13, 1874, p. 245) "Essipov was acclaimed as one of the finest pianists of her time, though opinions differed about her appearance: some said she looked masculine, others described her as 'attractive.' She had very small hands, and Paderewski wrote that her playing was very feminine, contrasting her with Teresa Carreno, whom he thought 'a strong pianist, even too strong for a woman.' Essipov, whose only fault was that she was always hungry, could play with great delicacy of feeling, and her conceptions were emotionally moving. Her extraordinary clarity of technique added to the effect of simplicity and directness in her playing, and she was widely cultured and a good teacher... Schnabel also had lessons with her." (Methuen-Campbell, p, 60) Essipov was "one of the first pianists to devote recitals entirely to Chopin's music. She was not afraid of presenting a programme which would defeat most pianists today: all twenty-seven Etudes and all twenty-four Preludes. She played vitually the whole of Chopin's oeuvre, and made her first important appearance at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1869 with his E Minor Piano Concerto. Her interest in Chopin's works increased when she went to study with Leschetizky in St. Pertersburg." (Ibid) "It is interesting that Rachmaninov and Essipov, two of the greatest technicians of all time, used a great deal of slow practice." (Op. Cit., p. 116)
Euterpe, The. "This society, though young, has a strong board of officers and occupies a prominent position. It was organized Dec. 13, 1878, and gave its first concert on the 15th. of January following. Its object is the encouragement of chamber music and the production of the best compositions in this line. The number of members is 150, and all money received is expended on the concerts, after allowing for the necessary running expenses. Connected with the society are some of Boston's most prominent musicians, among whom are C. C. Perkins (president), B. J. Lang (vice-president), W. F. Apthorp (treasurer), Julius Eichberg, John Orth, S. B. Whitney, J. C. D. Parker, etc. F. H. Jenks is (Dec. 1882) secretary." (Jones, p. 18) During their 8th. Season, 1885-86 the group presented only string quartet concerts which were held at the Apollo Hall, 151 Tremont Street. B. J. was listed as the Vice President with his address at 152 Tremont Street. In Vol. 7 of the Musical Year Book it was reported: "The Euterpe concerts were suspended." (MYB 1889-90, p. 26)
Evening Transcript, Boston. Founded in 1830, "The Transcript is Republican, but it is elevated and independent in its views on all matters of public interest. It is a genuine type of the high-toned literary journal, and has a large circulation among the very best class of cultivated, disinterested, and clean citizens. It is the standard journal of art and literary criticism, while its news columns cover the wants of its rather select and cultured constituency." (Grieve, p. 105) William Foster Apthorp was the Music Critic from 1881-1903.
Evening Traveller, Boston. Begun in 1845, it was "the first two cent evening paper in Boston." It also had weekly and semi-weekly editions. "It was formerly a leading exponent of Republicanism, and is still patronized quite largely by Republicans and Prohibitionists. It is intended to be an elevated family paper, advocating the cause of temperance, education, and moral reform. It is published at the head of State Street, where for more than a century papers have been issued... Its politics [are] straight Republican." (Grieve, p. 105) "Its news-departments are well sustained. The review of the week, long a feature of the Saturday edition, ably conducted by C. C. Hazewell, is valuable for filing as a record of passing events." (King, p. 148)
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Fay, Abby B., Miss. Vocalist active in Boston in the late 1850s. B. J. and the Mendelssohn Quintette Club "assisted" her in a concert given to benefit "An Invalid" at the Melodean Theatre on Saturday March 27, 1858 (Dwight, March 26, 1858, p. 413). Early in 1861 the Boston Musical Times reprinted an item from the Florence correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune which reported "At the last Philharmonic Concert, Nov. 17th, Miss Abby Fay, of Boston, made her second appearance before a Florentine audience, and met with a most flattering success... Her voice of pure soprano register, is true and sweet, and she is capable of executing the most difficult music. She has made very great progress within six months... She is now prepared to accept an engagement for Sonnambula, and other operas of that genre, and I am confident that she will be successful in light and brilliant music." (BMT, January 26, 1861, p. 392)
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, 1889, p. 139.
Fay, Amy. Born on a plantation in Bayou Goula, Louisiana on May 21, 1844 to Rev. Dr. Charles Fay and Charlotte Emily, daughter of an Episcopal Bishop, she died "in 1928, at the age of 83, in a nursing home in Salem [MA]." (Fay, xiv) "The families were musical on both sides, but Mrs. Fay was a veritable musical genius, and although she had no musical instruction after her tenth year, she kept up her practice herself, and after her marriage she learned the great concert pieces of Thalberg and de Meyer, the pianists of the day, and always extemporized on any given air in a remarkable manner... Amy was the third of a family of seven children (six girls and one boy), all of whom were gifted musically... Amy was made to learn Latin and Greek, German, and French, as a child." (Mathew, pp. 137 and 138) At nineteen she moved to Cambridge where she studied with Prof. Paine at Harvard and attended classes with Otto Dresel at NEC. Lang used her in his May 3, 1862 performance of First Walpurgis Night where she and Lang played Thalberg's Grand Duo on Themes from Norma. "Upon the advice of John Knowles Paine (1839-1906), later known as the dean of American composers, with whom she studied Bach, Amy Fay went to Europe to refine her musical taste and improve her technique." (Fay, p. ix) At the age of 25 she went to Europe studying with Tausig in Berlin for one year, and then Dr. Kullak for three years. In all she spend the five years, early November 1869 until 1875 in Germany. In the summer of 1873 she studied with Liszt. "Franz Liszt seems to have been the only teacher in Europe who championed no specific technical approach, yet he conveyed the most to his piano classes." (Fay, xi) Tausig was said to be "a young man who plays the piano like forty thousand devils." (Fay, x) He had been a pupil of Liszt, and he was described as "an eccentric, impatient man possessing an easily triggered, high-powered temper. An unhappy misanthrope, he loathed piano teaching. Nevertheless, his conservatory had one of the highest enrollments." (Ibid) "Tausig has such a little hand that I wonder he has been able to acquire his immense virtuosity. He is only thirty years old, and is much younger than Rubinstein or Bulow." (Fay p. 39) Beginning in the fall of 1870 she began lessons with Kullak - "He looks about fifty and is charming. I am enchanted with him. he plays magnificently, and is a splendid teacher, but he gives me immensely much to do, and I feel as if a mountain of music were all the time pressing on my head. He is so occupied that I have to take my lesson from seven to eight in the evening." (Fay, p. 100) Fay then changed to Deppe who had made a study of the technique of piano playing. Whereas Kullak said: "Practice always Fraulein. Time will do it for you some day. Hold your hand any way that is easiest for you. You can do it in this way-or in that way-showing me different positions of the hand in playing the troublesome passage-or you can play it with the back of the hand if that will help you," Deppe showed her exactly how to conquer each difficulty. "In short, he makes the technique and the conception identical, as of course they ought to be, but i never had any other master who trained his pupils to attempt it." (Fay, p. 319) "The positive bebefits of Deppe's approach convinced Amt to base her future playing and teaching on Deppe's principles, as did the eminent pianists and teachers William Sherwood, Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) and Emil von Sauer (1862-1942)." (Dumm and Shaffer, p. 7) "She returned to Boston and "was at once pronounced an artist by the press, and played with Theodore Thomas' orchestra at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, and at the Worcester, Mass. Musical Festival [Beethoven's B-flat Major Concerto with the Germaina Orchestra conducted by Carl Zerrahn][Dumm and Shaffer, p. 7]. She was the first pianist to introduce the playing of piano concertos at these festivals, which has been done ever since." "On her return to the United States, Amy gave her first concert in New York's Chickering Hall in December 1875... Amy's recitals in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she made her home in 1876-78, were attended by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a close personal friend, and the American critic John Sullivan Dwight." (Dumm and Shaffer, p. 7) After three years in Boston she moved to Chicago in 1878 where she remained. "Liszt has included Miss Fay's name in the roll of his best pupils, in a list made out by himself." (Mathews, pp. 138, 140 and 141) Her book "Music Study in Germany" is well known even today: it is a collection of letters written to her elder sister "Melusina ('Zina") (1836-1923), Amy's surrogate mother, who recognized their historic value and arranged their publication." (Dumm and Shaffer, p. 4)
Fay, Miss Mary A. (or Miss Mary Neilson Fay, Jones, p. 155) "Born at Williamsburg, N. Y., about 1855. She studied under Wm. Mason, Richard Hoffman, Gustav Satter, and for a short time with Rubinstein during his stay in this country. Upon advice of the latter she went to Berlin and placed herself under the instruction of Kullak. After her marriage with Mr. Sherwood in the autumn of 1874, she accompanied him on his travels, and assisted him at his last concert in Berlin. Since returning to the United States, she was frequently taken a part in her husband's recitals, and is well-known everywhere. Besides being one of the finest lady pianists of our time, she is very successful as a teacher." (Jones, p. 155) She had been an assisting artist in the January 14, 1859 concert given by the Mendelssohn Quintette Club at the Mercantile Hall (entrance on Summer Street) playing Beethoven's Piano Trio in B Flat, op. 97 ("Archduke") (Dowell, p. 370) This was her first Boston concert appearance. (Dwight, January 8, 1859, p. 327) However Dwight felt that as "a very youthful debutante, whose extraordinary ease and fluency of execution of the most difficult piano-forte music, especially modern music, has for a year or two past been a theme of admiration in the houses of her friends" had been unwisely counseled in attempting the Beethoven... Miss F. has a nice touch," but "such a work requires far more than execution; it requires imagination, soul, passion, deep experience, grasp of mind." (Dwight, January 22, 1859, p. 342) Based on the dozen or so times that Dwight had heard this piece in Boston, this performance just did not measure up to his standard. On Saturday evening March 3, 1860 Miss Fay appeared at the Philharmonic Concert at the Music Hall conducted by Carl Zerrahn performing Mendelssohn'a Concerto in G Minor and the Romanze and Rondo from the Concerto in E Minor by Chopin. The program noted that she "will make her first appearance on this occasion." (HMA Program Collection) Dwight's review mentioned "The exquisitely delicate, dreamy and poetic Romanza, and the bright Rondo from Chopin's E Minor Concerto - one of the most difficult of piano pieces as to mere execution, and demanding fine musical feeling and perception besides. It certainly was a bold attempt for a young girl of twenty... Two years ago, at a Mendelssohn Quintet Concert, she astonished by her brilliant execution in a Trio by Beethoven. Since then she has studied earnestly, severely, under the best direction, and this time her triumph was complete. Such clear, distinct, even, sustained, brilliant, graceful pianism, is seldom heard. Not a note was lost, even in that large hall... In Mendelssohn's G Minor Concerto Miss Fay sustained herself at the height already won, well at home apparently with the orchestra, and proving herself quite equal to the performance of so formidable a work in public." (Dwight, March 10, 1860, p. ???) In November 1860 she was part of the Opening Soiree of Chickering's new Music Room where she played Mendelssohn's Variations Serieueses which prompted Dwight to say that "Miss Fay, excited a positive entusiasm by her brilliant execution, showing the rarest natural capacity and most delicate and facile touch, combined with a vigor and power rarely found in a lady executant. In the duet played by her with Mr. Dresel [Duet for Two Pianos on the March from Weber's Preciosa], she showed herself a worthy pupil of an accomplished instructor." (Dwight, November 19, 1860, p. 262) In a January 1861 notice of one of "Miss Fay's Soirees" the reviewer mentioned: "In the more sedate music of Beethoven and Schumann, while there is no lack of technical ability, there seems to be a want of soulful expression in Miss Fay's playing; but the compositions mentioned above [Hiller Bolero and Chopin Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53), and others of the same class. she plays with a vigor and clearness quite remarkable." Within days of this solo performance, Miss Fay was also part of the Philharmonic Concert conducted by Mr. Zerrahn. (BMT, January 25, 1861, p. 261) The Boston Musical Times reprinted a notice from the New York Weekly Programme which reported that "Miss Mary Fay gives a concert in Boston soon, in which she, with Mr. Lang, will play Thalberg's Grand Fantasia on Themes from Norma." (BMT, March 9, 1861, p. 22) On April 20, 1861 she presented a "Matinee" at Chickering's Hall when she was assisted by Lang, Eichberg and Fries. Included in the program was Mendelssohn's Second Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 49, the Grand Fantasie on Norma for Two Pianos arranged by Thalberg, and the final piece was the Fantasie on Moses in Egypt also arranged by Thalberg. Dwight had not attended and only printed the program. (Dwight, April 27, 1861, p. 30) In January 1862 Dwight printed that Miss Fay would present four concerts at Chickering's Rooms." (Dwight, January 18, 1862, p. 335) Dwight praised the one of her solo pieces in the first concert saying: "Hiller's difficult and brilliant Bolero was well suited to the powers of Miss Fay, and she distinguished herself in it," but he was not impressed by the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto played with just piano accompaniment. (Dwight, January 25, 1862, pp. ???) B. J. joined her in the final number of her second Soiree given on Saturday, January 25, 1862 playing the Fantasie on Norma for two pianos by Thalberg; on the same program she also was assisted by Mr. F. Suck and Mr. Henry Suck. Based on the repertoire listed, Mr. F. Suck and Mr. Henry Suck both played violin. Dwight did not attend, but noted that the "second Soiree did take place, we understand, on Saturday evening, in spite of the worst weather ever known. Some forty persons listened." (Dwight, February 1, 1862, p. 351) This concert was part of a series of four-"Sets of For Tickets, $3; Single Tickets, $1 each; to be had at the music stores." (HMA Program Collection) For the third Soiree she "had a good audience and a pleased one" which again included the two Sucks and W. Fries. (Dwight, Febraury 15, 1862, p. 367) All in all this was a major understaking for such a young artist. Fay was also an assisting artist with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club during 1861-62 season. (Dowell, p. 21) She appeared again with the Philharmonic on Saturday February 1, 1862 playing the Capriccio in B Major for Piano and Orchestra by Mendelsson, and the Introduction and Variations on the Barcarole from L'Elisire d'amore by Thalberg. On the same program Jules Eichberg was the soloist in his own Violin Concerto. (Ibid) During January and February 1862 she presented four "Soirees." (Ibid) According to the DIC. AM. BIOG, she had been born in Williamsburg, N. Y., and she married William Hall Sherwood in 1874 while they were both students of Liszt, "and Liszt stood godfather to their first child. In the course of years, incompatibility of temperament was discovered and a divorce followed." (Lahee, p. 202) In a June 2, 1876 Music Hall program, she is listed as Mrs. Sherwood, formerly Miss Mary A. Fay. (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 1) Mrs. Sherwood was the soloist with the HMA on Novemebr 9, 1876 playing Mendelssohn's Concerto in G Minor. Dwight wrote: "Mrs. Wm. H. Sherwood, whom many remember as Miss Mary Fay, of Boston, a pupil eighteen or twenty yeras ago of Otto Dressel, and who even in her girlhood excited admiration by the ease and brilliancy of her performances in public. Returning now from studies in Germany, the wife of of a gifted pianist, she brings musical experience, a rich repertoire, and more maturity of musical character and culture... Hearty applause followed all her efforts." (Dwight, November 25, 1876, p. 342)
Fenollosa, William F. He assisted Lang in a series of five concerts of the complete piano works of Schumann. (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 4)
Grove, "American Supplement-1920," p. 206.
Foote, Arthur (b. March 5, 1853 at Salem, MA and d. April 8, 1937 at Boston, MA). Lang piano pupil from age 14. In 1870 he began at Harvard having "the good fortune to find John K. Paine there. His coming in 1869 marked the beginning of real musical instruction and of the development of a Depatment of Music... There were naturally few students for Paine at that time; in fugue I was the only one, taking my lessons at his house. He was college organist as well, and I had sense enough to appreciate the beautiful improvisations which I heard at chapel. I owe a great deal to him, not only for the excellent teaching but also for the important influence which he had on me at a time when it was sadly needed." (HMA Bulletin No.4, p. 1) Graduated Harvard 1874-had organ lesson from Lang that summer-Lang convinced him to continue his music study. Graduated Harvard with the first MA in music 1875. Opened piano studio next door to the Harvard Musical Association, and became a member then. Appointed organist Church of the Disciples 1876, then 1878 at First Unitarian Church, Boston where he stayed until 1910. Attended first Bayreuth Festival in 1876 and the premier of the complete Ring of the Nibelungen (Ciplolla, Am Nat Bio, Vol.13, p. 190) - made eight trips abroad over a twenty year span. Married 1880 - only child, Katharine born 1881. On Wednesday April 22, 1891 Foote led "The Ladies' Vocal Club of Salem" at the Cadet Armory Hall in one of three "Popular Concerts" sponsored by the "Salem Oratorio Society" whose conductor was Carl Zerrahn. In addition to the vocal numbers, piano pieces included Lang playing the Etude, Opus 25, No. 7 by Chopin and "Scherzo" from Sonata, Opus 31, No. 3 by Beethoven; Lang and Foote playing the Variations on a theme from Beethoven by Saint-Saens: and the piano quartet of Lang, Foote, Phippen and Fenollosa playing the "First Movement" from Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and Les Contrastes by Moscheles. Foote taught at NEC from 1921 until his death in 1937. (Cipolla, p. 150) "Though he lived to 1937, Foote absorbed no twentieth-century styles. He was not a bigot, like Dwight. Rather, he acknowledged his timidity with typical equanimity: 'My influence from the beginning, as well as my predilection, were ultra-conservative'. Foote's failure to grow was typical of Boston: like the writers he knew and admired, he was both supported and stifled by a benign cultural environment." (Horowitz, p. 99) Following the lead of his teacher B. J. Lang, Foote presented a series of eight chamber music concerts "on every Saturday evening in February and March."  at the Chicking Hall, 156 Tremont Street. (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 3) Another series was presented in 1882.
Franklin, Miss Gertrude. A review by Dwight in 1880 made mention that she "has good voice and training... Her forte, as we have since learned, is the florid kind, like 'Rejoice Greatly,' or the 'Jewel Aria' in Faust.' (Dwight, April 10, 1880, p. 62) In a March 1881 review of Schumann's Faust with the Cecilia, the writer noted: "her voice lost nothing of its sweetness and beauty even when pushed to a force that threw the voices of the amateaur vocalists upon the stage in the background." (Cecilia Programs, Vol. 1) In May 1881 it was announced that she would be the soprano in the quartet for the Roxbury Universalist Church. (Musical Herald, May 1881, p. 104) She is listed in 1886 as the soprano in King's Chapel Choir ?B. J. became organist there in 1888. Lang was the accompanist at her Saturday February 16, 1889 concert at Chickering Hall. (BPL Lang Prog. Vol. 5) In an 1890 review of Cecilia's Haydn Seasons concert, Hale praised Franklin: "Her musical nature was seen in little details often despised and ignored by singers... Her phrasing and her technique were alike worthy of high praise." (BPL Hale Crit., Vol. 1) She also appeared with the Handel and Haydn Society: March 31, 1893 in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. (History-1911, p. 30) On January 6, 1893 she was part of the concert given during a ladies night at the Harvard Musical Association where she performed two songs by Brahms and Near Thee by Roff. Franklin was a soloist with the BSO in its Third Season (1883-84:Henschel), Fourth Season (1884-85: Gericke), Fifth Season (1885-86: Gericke), Sixth Season (1886-87: Gericke), Seventh Season (1887-88: Gericke), Eighth Season (1888-89: Gericke), Ninth Season (1889-90: Nikisch), Fourteen Season (1894-95: Paur) and Fifteenth Season (1895-96: Paur). (BSO Programs 1881-96)
Site of Miss Gertrude Franklin's apartment/teaching studio. Johnston Collection.
Ryan, facing p. 26.
Fries, Auguste. "I begin with Auguste Fries. He was a good, genuine violinist, especially in quartette, he played with deep sentiment, was painstaking, and no rehearsals were too long for him. He was the broadest man, had the oldest head, of the organization, and was altogether a good leader. In social character he was full of geniality, could be the life and spirit of every party, and he thus endeared himself to a very large number of personal friends.... He was very firm in purpose and set in his ways; he could not accommodate himself to some things; but sterling integrity was the main point in his make-up. He was an excellent man for younger people to start with." (Ryan, pp. 106 and 107) After ten years with the group he returned to Bergen, Norway where he spent the rest of his life except for one season when he returned to Boston to be concertmaster with the HMA Orchestra. However, Dwight reported the return of Fries in October 1873 saying that after working for fifteen years in Norway, his return would "be warmly greeted by the older generation of our music-lovers," (Dwight, October 18, 1873, p. 111)
Fries, Wulf Christian Julius. 1825-1902. (Bio-Bib., p. 135) Cellist, "Born at Garbeck, a village of Holstein, in Germany, Jan., 10, 1825. He began his favorite instrument when only nine years old, and at twelve had his first and only lessons from a local player." (Jones, p. 60) As his father could not pay for lessons, he sent Wulf to a neighboring city where he learned on the job, playing in various municipal groups. "What he learned in the art of playing was chiefly through hearing the soloists who gave concerts while passing through the city.... In September, 1847 he came to America and settled in Boston, which has since been and still is (May, 1885) his home. About 1849 he organized assisted by his brother, August, three years his senior, the 'Mendelssohn Qunintet Club,' the immediate occasion of which was the performance at a private house of Mendelssohn's Quintet in A. The original members of the club, with which he was connected for twenty-three years were August Fries, 1st. violin; Herr Gerloff, 2nd. violin; Theodor Lehman, 1st. viola; Oscar Greiner, 2nd. viola; and Wulf Fries, 'cello. August Fries was leader for ten years, when his place was taken by William Schulze... He is also professor of the violincello at the Boston and New England Conservatories of music, and an esteemed musician." (Ibid) Mathews credits the clarinetist Thomas Ryan, then aged 22, as the founder of the Club, and lists the original members as: August Fries, Francis Riha, Edward Lehmann, Thomas Ryan and Wulf Fries, and describes their first consrt as being given "at the piano warerooms of Jonas Chickering, Mr. Ryan playing a clarinet concerto by F. Berr, and also the viola parts in quintettes by Mendelssohn and Beethoven...Naturally the personnel has been frequently changed...For fortyyears Mr. Ryan has been the leading spirit of the organization, and now he is the only one of the members who was at the foundation of the society." (Mathews, p. 294) He left the Mendelssohn Quintette Club in 1872, and "was a founding member of the Beethoven Quartet in the following year. He belonged to the Musical Fund Society and played (sometimes as soloist) with the Harvard Musical Association, and then with the Boston SO (1881-2). He taught in Boston at the New England Conservatory (1869), Carlyle Petersilea's Music School (1871), and the Boston Conservatory of Music (1889)... Papers and music from his estate are in the collection of the Harvard Musical Association." (Am. Grove, p. 170) Fries played with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club for twenty-two years. In 1880 Dwight reported on a "Tribute to Wulf Fries, suggested and arranged by a number of the most musical ladies of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, etc., in whose families the favorite artist had been for years esteemed and loved as teacher and companion in the parlor practice of classical trio and sonata music." This "took the form of a beautiful Chamber Concert at Horticultural Hall on Saturday evening, December 4, 1880. The audience was very large and sympathetic, the programme very rich and choice." B. J. Lang and Arthur Foote contributed the Saint-Saens Variations for Two Pianos on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 35., and Lang was probably the pianist in the Schumann Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 44. (Dwight, December 18, 1880, p. 207)
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Gardner, Isabella Stewart. April 14, 1840-July 17, 1924 (Palffy, p. 263). Good friend of the Lang family-visitor to the family farm in New Hampshire; in charge of arranging the flowers at B. J.'s funeral; among the "first visitors at Beverly Farms [in 1895] were... B. J. Lang" - the summer home of the Gardner's - they had just returned from a almost a year in Europe. (Carter, p. 154) At the January 6, 1893 "Ladies Night" of the Harvard Musical Association she "was warmly welcomed home as one of the hostess, with Mrs. Henry M. Rogers, Mrs. Arthur Whiting, and Miss Lang... Mrs. Gardner in simple black, looking very fresh and young after her voyage." (HMA Bulletin No. 11)
Mrs. Gardner was known for her good works. Among the young men in her circle was the composer Clayton Johns who had taken a young piano student, Heinrich Gebhard under his tutalege. Johns had Gebhard play for Paderewski who was on tour in America-the suggestion was that Gebhard should study with Leschetizky. "However, before I left for Vienna, Mr. Johns wanted to present me to the Boston public as his pupil. So in April, 1896, a concert was arranged in Copley Hall, where I played before a large representative audience a program [that included] the Schumann Concerto accompanied by sixty-five players of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Franz Kneisel. Mrs. Jack Gardner, that wonderful and brilliant woman, who so often was a benefactor to young promising talents, in her great generosity footed the bill for this expensive concert." (HMA Bulletin No.13)
"The Foote's were frequently to be seen at the Gardner home." (Tara, Foote, p. 71) In fact Mrs. Gardner was the Godmother to their only child, Katharine. "Mrs. Jack insisted they go with her to the Copley Society's costume ball. She dressed Arthur and his wife Kate in elaborate Korean costumes, which greatly impressed Katherine 'when they let me see them before they left. Mrs. Gardner was such a wonderful Godmother to me, and such a good friend to Papa and Mama.'" (Ibid) Mrs. Gardner help Arthur Foote in many other ways. "Throughout her life she remained a staunch and encouraging friend of his family. She introduced Foote to men and women who could bebfit him, whether at her home or during travels in Europe. Her summer home in Beverly, Massachusetts, was at his disposal for vacations and peaceful seclusion so that he could compose music. Foote was asked to play at her musical evenings before distinguished gatherings." (Tara, Foote, p. 111)
Johns, REMINISCENCES OF A MUSICIAN, p. 74.
John Singer Sargent, 1888.
Anders Zorn: "Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice," 1894.
She did not always attract attention to herself; the "Table Gossip" column of the Boston Globe of February 3, 1907 noted that "Mrs. John L. Gardner herself was much in evidence at Fenway Court during the hours when it was open to the public this week, although the majority of the visitors were unaware of the identity of the short, slim figure in black, wearing a flat black hat and carrying a gold filigree bag." (Globe, p. 50) But, Arthur Foote wrote "that Boston began its greatest musical growth soon after he started living there. He arrtributes much of this growth to the local women and their clubs... The preeminent example of a woman dedicated to the arts was the wealthy Isabella Stewart Gardner, Foote's kindly friend and patron. She gave moral and monetary support to musical performers, composers, painters, and sculptors... She exerted herself in helping musicians to establish the Boston Composers' Manuscript Society. Its aim was to give local composers a hearing." (Tara, Foote, p. 57) Gardner's biographer, Morris Carter was quoted as saying: "Whether a social renaissance was created or not may be a question, but 'the Brimmer set, which represents the old Puritan aristocracy,' and 'the Apthorp set, which represents the new Bohemianism,' did meet in her house on a common ground." (Ibid)
"Mrs. Jack Gardner's Palace." Message is dated Christmas 1906, and so this is how it appeared to B. J. Lang. (Johnston Collection)
On one occasion when Mrs. Gardner visited Malcolm's home, she noted the two candlesticks on his table and said, "How wonderful, I have the other four," but Malcolm did not take the hint and present them to her. (Amy DuBois Interview)
Elson, THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 54.
Rogers, STORY OF TWO LIVES, facing p. 74.
Gericke, Wilhelm. b. April 18, 1845 in Graz, Austria, and d. October 27, 1925 in Vienna. Studied at the Vienna Conservatorium 1862-65: began conducting career in Linz; then in 1874 offered second conductorship of the Hofoper in Vienna?there became associated with Hans Richter; took over the Vienna Singverein in 1880; 1884 appointed to the BSO and stayed five years, resigning due to health issues; returned to Vienna for three years, and then reappointed to the BSO "whose great efficiency is largely due to his indefatigableness and skill as a drill-master, his conscientious devotion to high ideals, and his remarkable sense of euphony and tonal balance." (GROVES DICTIONARY, 1921, Vol. II, p. 159.) "Mr. Higginson brought Mr. Wilhelm Gericke from Vienna to take his [Henschel] place. Gericke was a rigid disciplinarian, a musical purist, and a devotee of two more B's than Henschel [whose B. had been Beethoven]. Namely Bach and Brahms. He made several changes in the personnel of the orchestra, and introduced reforms which unquestionably heightened its excellence; but meanwhile he was not currying favor with the people. He made his programmes extremely severe, and rigidly excluded popular music from them, besides unnecessarily antagonizing American composers; and as the outcome of it all he fell victim to the populace, intellectual and orthodox in taste as it claims to be. As the result of his policy, however, when the new leader Mr. Arthur Nikisch, came, he found an orchestra already drilled and disciplined, and abounding in excellent material." (Upton, "Musical Societies," p. 81) Gericke "undertook the difficult but needed reform of replacing a number of old musicians, formerly prominent in the city's musical life, who were holding their posts in the orchestra principally through courtesy, with younger musicians from Europe. That he accomplished this successfully and built up an orchestra in which perhaps fewer changes were later made than in any other in the world during a period of twenty years or more, is proof that Gericke possessed wonderful tact, judgment and executive ability. These qualities, combined with musical insight and tireless energy, have made the Boston Symphony Orchestra his debtor for its international position and comparative financial independence. For five years Gericke remained at the head of this organization, at the end of which time he returned to Germany and resumed the leadership of the Concert Society in Vienna, which he conducted until 1895. Then followed a period of three years' freedom from professional activities, and in 1898 Gericke was again engaged to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For eight years longer Gericke directed the body of musicians which he had brought to its present perfection of ensemble; then, in the season of 1905 and 1906 resigned his post, and in the latter year returned to Vienna... Gericke is said to have forwarded the cause of music in America more than any other one man, with the possible exception of Theodore Thomas. Elson speaks of him as the finest drillmaster among conductors... His reading of scores is considered remarkable" (Green, p. 283) "He was assistant conductor at the Vienna Hofoper when Henry Lee Higginson heard him conduct a performance of Aida in October 1883 and invited him to replace George Henschel as conductor of the Boston SO... He was a stern drillmaster, and after his first season dismissed 20 members of the orchestra and replaced them with young European players. At first there were complaints in Boston about this procedure, but most observers soon agreed that the orchestra's improvement justified it... Gericke's programs were thoroughly 'serious,' in contrast to those of Henschel, who had customarily opened with a symphony and filled the rest of the program with miscellaneous lighter pieces; Gericke also broke with a long-standing tradition by offering concerts without guest soloists. As a friend or personal acquaintance of Wagner, Brahms, Bruckner, and Liszt, he included a great deal of their music and introduced new European works, as well as compositions by" American composers such as Chadwick, Beach, Converse, and Foote. "Gericke's tenure saw the orchestra's first concerts in New York (1887), and the construction of Symphony Hall for its permanent home." (New Am. Grove, p. 198) Gericke conducted the BSO from 1884 until 1889 and from 1898 until 1906.
His salary for his first year 1884-85 was $7,500, and he was at time thirty-nine years old. "He was a bachelor, short and stocky, with a dark beard and handlebar mustache, both neatly trimmed. He was a vivacious conversationalist. He looked more like a shoe dealer or bank cashier than a musician." (Horowitz, p. 50) "But he was not unhappy when he was settled in well-appointed bachelor quarters at 5 Mt. Vernon Place, near the crest of Beacon Hill. He would walk across the Common on a fine day, no doubt well-tailored and gloved, to have his dinner at the 'Tavern Club.'" (Burk, p. 173) Among the new musicians that he hired for his second season was the twenty-year-old concertmaster, Franz Kneisel, and "numerous other new members to replace 'old' and 'overworked' musicians 'no longer fit for the demands of modern and more difficult orchestral ensemble.' he subdued the brass in order to perfect the balance and tone of the ensemble. he insisted on rehearsals conditions never imposed by Henschel or Carl Zerrahn. He disciplined musicians who took the stage intoxicated, in some cases repeatedly... His repertoire, stressing beethoven, was less adventurous than Thomas' in New York, less conservative than has been dwight's and the Harvard Musical Association's. As he disciplined his orchestra, Gericke disciplined his audience, and not by insisting on more 'serious' programs. Latecomers were not admitted except during pauses. Encores were discouraged... Gericke himself called his Boston listeners 'one of the most cultivated and best understanding musical publics I Know...Henschel had adopted the formulas of 'lightening heavier programmes;' Gericke had not. But Gericke supported the notion of a summer season modeled after the garden concerts of Germany and Austria. As it happened, the initial summer 'Promenade' season materialized in 1885, near the beginning of Gericke's tenure... For the Promenade concerts the Music hall's downstairs seats were removed and replaced with tables and shrubs. Light alcoholic beverages were served (a breach of public morals requiring a special annual permit). On opening night Boston's highest social circles turned out in force and there were not enough tables and waiters to meet the demand." (Horowitz, pp. 50-52)
Hale, in reviewing Nikisch's first BSO concert reminded his readers what Gericke had achieved. "In applauding Mr. Nikisch, the patient and abiding work of Mr. Gericke should not be forgotten. He gave the orchestra technique. He taught it precision, he called attention to detail. Without the noble rage of the born conductor, he gave a cold and finished reading of whatever work was on his desk. He seemed to abhor contrasts; he shrank from great effects; he appeared at times to entertain contempt for brass instruments. Gorgeous and daring coloring was not so dear to him as a pale monochrome. So the orchestra became under his leadership an admirable machine, which one looked at and admired. Not without reason, then, did an irreverent New Yorker dub it, 'The Boston Music Box.'" (Swan, p. 88) Gericke replaced many players. "The axe had fallen, twenty players were dropped, and as many new ones, mostly young men from Central Europe or France, were brought over to take their places. These included a new concertmaster, Franz Kneisel. Kneisel was conspicuously young, like many of the newcomers, very much younger than Bernard Listermann, whom he replaced. The orchestra was being swept of the cobwebs of antique custom and provincialism... Civic pride was aroused, comparisons began to be made. Gericke's name was mentioned with that of Theodore Thomas, the only other symphonic conductor America had known of strictly the first standing." (Burk, p. 175) "The continued growth of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the seasons following was consistent with Gericke's beginnings. A certain amount of niggling opposition continued, and continued to be overborne by a widening respect for a tireless conductor. As his fifth season was drawing to a close, Gericke decided he would need a rest of 'at least a year.' Perhaps his fatique was as much mental as physical... Higginison said in a farewell speech at the Tavern Club: 'Mr. Gericke made our orchestra." (Burk, p. 176)
Gericke returned to the BSO in 1898, nine years after his departure. The situation was "far different from the one he had faced in 1884. There was no longer now a provincial orchestra and audience, but an orchestra at least as expert as the one he had left, and a public seasoned by acquaintance with two not inconsiderable conductors. They had experienced the Hungarian ardors of the romanticist Nikisch and the vigorous onslaughts of Paur. Paur had been insistently up-to-date in his programs. By now Brahms was loudly applauded... He had brought a handful of new (and choice) players with him, including the oboist from the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris-Georges Longy. (Burk, pp. 179 and 180) It fell to Gericke to conduct the opening concert on October 15, 1900 at the new Symphony Hall on Huntington Avenue. "In the end, what the Boston Symphony's new home most resembled was its old home. In size and feel, if not in proportionate dimensions, it was the Music Hall, not the Gewandhaus, that proved Higginson's inescapable model. Like the Boston Music hall, Symphony hall was a simple rectangle whose shallow balconies had no bad seats. Like Music hall, it secured a special bonding of music, auditors, and venue, a feeling of cultural community sealed by its town-0meeting plainness... Henry Higginson had built a house as bold and obdurate, severe and warm as the gentleman himself." (Horowitz, p. 75) The main piece at this concert was Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. Lang and the Cecilia Society using members of the BSO had presented the first Boston performance of this work only three years before, on March 12, 1897. (Johnson, First, p. 55) It was Gericke's BSO that Richard Strauss called the "most marvelous in the world." (Horowitz, p. 75) In 1906 "Gericke announced he would not come back the following fall." (Ibid)
Germania Orchestra. In 1848 a group of young musicians in New York who had recently emigrated from Europe organized themselves into an orchestra, but they made Boston their headquarters and chose Carl Lenschow as their first conductor. "They were young men, friends, who had been drawn together in a little social orchestra in Berlin. This was in 1848, the year of social revolution. By much playing together they had grown expert in the interpretation, or at least the expressive outlining, of the master compositions; they were at home in Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Gade, and even Liszt, Berlioz, and Wagner." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 429) "They made their first appearance in Boston April 14, 1849, where they gave twenty-two concerts in the Melodeon in six weeks. The effect was magical. The Midsummer Night's Dream Overture had to be repeated thirty-nine times, such was the exquiste precision, delicacy, and poetic beauty of the reading. Yet they only numbered twenty-three musicians; they had but pairs of violins, violas, basses, as of reeds and flutes, and but a single violincello... In three winter seasons they performed here nearly all the great orchestral compositions. In one season they gave more than twenty concerts, besides filling the Music Hall, mostly with young ladies, by their public afternoon rehearsals." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 430) "When in 1850 their conductor, Carl Lenschow, chose to remain in Baltimore to head the Gesangverein, Carl Bergmann, then a cellist with the orchestra took his place... Under Bergmann [then in his late twenties], the Germania Society acquired a more dynamic approach to interpretation, as well as a braver repertoire. Bergmann championed Wagner and Liszt. He also programmed quantities of beethoven and mendelssohn. Eventually the germanians gave over nine hundred concerts in the United States." (Horowitz, Wagner, p. 39) "In 1850 the orchestra consisted of twenty-three musicians, with Carl Bergmann at its head. Among the band was a tall young flute-player, named Carl Zerrahn, who subsequently was made director. This orchestra may be called the first organization which gave satisfactory performances of the great symphonies in America. The orchestra soon grew to fifty members and even the greatest works, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for example, were interpreted. The Germania dissolved in 1854; in five seasons it had given nearly ninety concerts in Boston and had made a succession of tours to New York and to other cities, giving Americans the first true model of orchestral work in the classical forms." (Elson, National, p. 289 and 290). But "in 1853 the Germania's Boston premier of Beethoven's Ninth drew over three thousand listeners. Overflowing audiences, with others turned away, were excited reported in Dwight's Journal." (Horowitz, p. 31)
"In the eighty or ninety concerts which they gave here [Boston], the little orchestra was sometimes doubled by the addition of the best resident musicians. In the United States the Germania gave over seven hundred orchestral concrts, besides about one hundred concerts of chamber music, sonatas, trios, quartets, etc." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 430) "Most of its members would remain in the Boston area and generate other important musical endeavors. For a few tantalizing years [1848-1854], these Germans had given Bostonians a sample of what it was like to have a truly competent resident group of players entertain them with the finest in musical literature." (Tara, PSALM, pp. 96 and 97) Their first flute player, Carl Zerrahn "immediately after the dissolution of the Germania in 1855, established the Philharmonic Orchestra with fifty-four men. He and the orchestra would continue to give regular concerts until 1863, when the Civil War forced a stoppage." (Ryan, p. 97) "In New York, Carl Bergmann, an incipient Wagnerite, was made conductor of the Philharmonic." (Horowitz, p. 31)
Globe, Boston. See Newspapers.
Seating diagram from BOSTON MANUAL of 1888 showing the 1874 building. Johnston Collection.
Globe Theater. Site of B. J.'s chamber music concerts in 1872. Opened in 1867 as Selwyn's Theatre, its "entrance at 364 Washington Street, a lobby ran 93 feet back to a 68-foot-wide auditorium rear. To the left was the parquet floor, with its circle slightly raised, and six boxes in the rear. Above were stacked two balconies called dress and family circle, while six boxes fronted the proscenium. Walls were blue-paneled on an amber background. Parquet seats were covered in crimson satin, while upper seats were done in Bismark damask. Some 50 feet above was a dome beautifully frescoed with panels of amber, blue and scrollwork of the Muses, and in its center blazed a gas burning Frink's reflector chandelier, producing light and ventilation. The heat from these huge gas chandeliers was vented by a shaft to the roof, pulling fresh air into the auditorium from various outside vents, doors and windows. Selwyn's proscenium arch was 36 feet square, its stage 65 feet deep and 63 feet wide. The new theatre boasted 118 sunken footlights, having three color reflectors of white, red, and green; 196 border lights hung above the stage. All of the gas lamps were controlled from the prompter's desk. Architect B. F. Dwight provided an iron roof, brick division walls, and ample ingress and egress; a second entrance from Essex Street to parquet rear was 12 feet wide by 60 feet long" (King, p, 56) In 1870 this theatre was sold to Arthur Cheney who changed its name to the Globe Theatre. (Ibid, p. 59) On May 30, 1873 this building was destroyed by fire, but "plans were immediately drawn for a larger and finer replacement." (Ibid, p. 60) "The new Globe Theatre opened on December 4, 1874... The new Globe was larger than its predecessor: its parquet was 74 feet long by 72 1/2 feet wide, and height to the dome was 65 feet. The house used an innovation in seating arrangements: a row of boxes separated the first balcony from the second, and a family circle was above the latter. Capacity was 825 in the parquet, 475 in the balcony, 650 in the second balcony and family for a total seating of 2,180." (King, p. 63)
Gluth, Victor. Teacher and composer; (b. Pilsen, May 6, 1852). Teacher at the Kgl. Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich. Has composed the operas Der Trentajager (Munich, 1885; rewritten, Munich, 1911), Hornad und Hilde (prod. Munich); Et Resurrexit (not yet produced). Address: Schackstrasse 6, Munich, Germany. (Entry from Saerchinger, p. 227) Gluth would have been in his early thirties when Margaret studied with him.
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 639.
Baker, BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS, p. 226.
Gottschalk, Louis Moreau. "He died worn out by excessive exertion." Amy Fay wrote: "I was dreadfully sorry to hear of poor Gottschalk's death. He had a golden touch, and equal to any in the world, I think. But what a romantic way to die!-to fall senseless at his instrument, while he was playing La Morte. It was very strange. If anything more is in the papers about him you must send it to me, for the infatuation that I and 99,999 other American girls once felt for him, still lingers in my breast!" (Fay, p. 42) b. New Orleans, La., May 8, 1829; d. Rio de Janeiro, December 18, 1869. "The eldest of seven children. His father, Edward Gottschalk, was a wealthy and cultured English broker born in London, but not of Jewish ancestry, as has been generally stated. He emigrated to America at the age of 25 and settled in New Orleans where he married Aimee Marie de Brusle, a Creole of rare charm and beauty... Her family., of noble French lineage, had migrated from the island of Santo Domingo, where her grandfather had been governor of the northern province." (Dic. Am. Bio. pp. 441 and 442) He studied in Paris 1841-46, and after his brilliant debut in Paris in 1845, he played concerts throughout Europe. "His triumphs were repeated in the U. S. beginning in New Orleans, he traversed the length and breadth of the land, playing his own pf.-works, and conducting his orchestral works at grand festivals." (Baker, p. 226) "On 2 April 1845, shortly before his 16th. birthday, he gave a highly successful recital in the Salle Pleyel at which Chopin predicted that the young man would become 'the king of pianists'... Gottschalk made his formal debut as a professional pianist in the Salle Pleyel on 17 April 1849, in a recital including a group of his 'Creole' compositions, then the rage of Paris... During the summer of 1850 he toured Switzerland and the French provinces with spectacular success... Later in 1851 he decided to try his luck in Spain where he quickly won the enthusiastic approval of Isabella II." (New Am. Grove, p. 262) "On his return to Paris in 1852 [he] created a genuine furore by his unexampled performances on the piano, both his own compositions and those of the great masters. On his leaving for New York early in 1853, Berlioz wrote of him, Feb. 4 of that year: 'Gottschalk is one of the very small number who possess all the different elements of a consummate pianist-all the faculties which surround him with an irresistible prestige, and give him a sovereign power. His is an accomplished musicians - he knows just how far fancy may be indulged in expression. He knows the limits beyond which any liberties taken with the rhythm produce only confusion and discord, and upon these limits he never encroaches. There is an exquisite grace in his manner of phrasing sweet melodies and throwing off light touches from the higher keys. The boldness and brilliancy and originality of his play at once dazzle and astonish... thus the success of M. Gottschalk before an audience of musical cultivation is immense.'" (Mathews, pp. 637 and 638) "He gave his first American concert at Niblo's on February 11, 1853, and met with a flattering reception. In October of that year he gave a concert in the Music Hall, Boston, but was coldly received, and met with unfair treatment from the critics, who at that time could see nothing of merit that was not of German origin." (Mathews, p. 638) "Although he was unfavorably received in Boston, his playing was so popular in New York that in the winter of 1855-56 he gave eighty concerts there (Dic. Am. Bio., p. 442). From 1853 until 1856 he toured America with a "long interlude in Cuba (1854)," but on February 7, 1857 he sailed to Havana with the young Adelina Patti. For the next five years he traveled all over the Caribbean area and South America returning to America in February of 1862. "In four and a half months Gottschalk traveled 15,000 miles by rail and gave 85 recitals, a brutal pace which he maintained for more than three years. By the time he arrived in California for a far-western tour in April 1865, he estimated that he had given some 1,100 American recitals and traveled some 95,000 miles." (New Am. Grove, p. 262) In September 1865 an affair with a young student forced him to flee to South America-he never returned to America.
"As a pianist, he was one of the greatest of his period; he was decidedly the best American performer. He had a brilliant technique and an appealing quality of tone, tinged with deep melancholy. Undoubtedly his fascinating performance of his own compositions, which he always featured, contributed greatly to their popularity. Though he was a notable interpreter of Beethoven, he seldom performed this master's works, choosing to please rather than to educate an unsophisticated public. He was endowed with a most lovable personality. He was modest and generous almost to extravagance, and possessed an ingratiating presence. Like his father, he was a proficient linguist, speaking five languages fluently. Though English was his mother tongue, he thought and wrote in French and nearly all of his compositions bore French titles" (Dic. Am. Bio., p. 442).
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Hale, Edward Everett. Born Apr. 3, 1822 and died June 10, 1909. He "was born in Boston, the fourth of his parents' eight children, and died, at eighty-seven, in the house, in the Roxbury district of Boston, in which he had lived for forty years." (Dic Am Biog., p. 99) "He was no prodigy, but was warmly sandwiched between six brothers and sisters; having the middle place, he was protected from those external influences which may affect the oldest or the youngest, protected, yet set in keen competition with a bright family, and having to keep his end up or go under." (Winslow, p. 84) His father bought the Boston Daily Advertiser in 1814 and was the editor for nearly fifty years. E. E. entered Harvard at the age of thirteen and graduated aged seventeen in 1839, second in his class. "It was always taken for granted that he would enter the Unitarian ministry," (Ibid) but first he taught at Boston Latin School while studying theology "under private guidance." In "April 1846 [he] was ordained minister of the Church of the Unity in Worcester, Mass. Ten years later he became minister of the South Congregational Church in Boston?his only other parish for the forty-three ensuing years through which he was to continue his active ministry," (Ibid) In a June 1857 issue of the Boston Transcript this church was described as "the centre of Boston bourgeois society." (Chamberlin, p. 119) Hale's "literary work has been stupendous, reaching to fifty volumes, and ten times fifty volumes in uncollected articles, studies, and sermons. He has caught the popular fancy, as few purely literary men have done, with 'My Double, and How He Undid Me' and 'The Man Without a Country.'" (Winslow. Pp. 37 and 38)
Hale, Irene (Baumgras). "American composer; born at Syracuse, New York. Studied piano at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, taking the Springer gold medal in 1881. Later studied in Berlin under Moskowski and Oscar Raif. Was married in Berlin, in 1884, to Philip Hale, the distinguished Boston musical critic. Her health was undermined and she was obliged to give up her wok. After her marriage she became a resident of Boston, and has produced a number of songs and piano works, the latter under the pseudonym of Victor Rene." Green, p. 343)
Hale, Philip. Born in Norwich, Vermont in Mar. 5, 1854 to a family that had first arrived in Massachusetts in 1638 ("eighth in line of descent from Thomas Hale," Horowitz, p. 63), he was organist at the Unitarian church in Northampton, Mass. at fourteen, studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, "where he also had a private tutor," (Ibid, p. 63) and then graduated from Yale in 1876. After graduation studied organ with Dudley Buck; then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880; practiced for two years in Albany; then spent five years in Dresden and Berlin studying music followed by a time in Paris with Guilmant; returned to Albany in 1887 for two years where he began writing music criticism; fall of 1889 went as director of music to the First Unitarian Church of Roxbury, MA (where he stayed for 17 years)[Church of the First Religious Society, Roxbury (Universalist)] and while there did criticism to supplement his income. (NAT BIO., p. 462) Grant adds that his piano study was with Xavier Scharwenka, and that his study with Rheinberger and Guilmant was in the area of composition (Grant, p. 74). "Hale early acquired a formidable breadth of learning, lightly worn. The breezy aplomb of his worldly prose set him apart from other Boston writers." (Horowitz, p. 63)
"In the summer of 1884, while studying in Berlin, he was married to Irene Baumgras of Washington, D. C." (DIC. AM. BIOG., p. 369)
"A man of the world, good-natured and affable, full of wisdom, love of life and social graces was Philip Hale, music and dramatic editor of the Boston Herald from 1903 until his death, November 30, 1934... Hale, who looked like a noble old Roman in his latter years, was born in Norwich, Vt. He could have become a professor at his alma mater, Yale, but all he asked of life was to let him remain a newspaperman. Symphony lovers will always remember him as a music critic in the flesh, with a flowing bow tie of red or black, sitting in his accustomed seat in the third row, right, second balcony, Symphony Hall... The busy Mr. Hale found time to edit his own humorous Herald column, "As The World Wags," and to write editorials on any subject, with delightful obscurities raked out of his fertile mind as illustrations. In the course of his comic sallies, Philip Hale invented a foil for himself called Herkimer Johnson, the Clamport philosopher. To many, Herkimer, with his preposterous dissertations, seemed as real as Philip Hale. And the latter was as close to genius as any man in the history of Boston journalism... He died at 80." (Herald article on the BSO, December 15, 1940)
His fellow critic Huneker "bestowed the ultimate accolade 'an artist in prose." (Grant, p. 74) Lawrence Gilman, music critic of the New York Herald Tribune wrote of Hale: "He never hesitated to lighten musical instruction with diversion and with wit," while Grant wrote that "A dry understated humor was a steady weapon in Hale's armamentarium," and that "his acidic tendencies were feared by musicians." (Grant, p. 78)
Hale was organist of the Albany, N. Y, Unitarian Church in 1889. He gave a recital on January 28, 1889 that included Fugue in G Minor by Guilmant which had been dedicated to Hale. (Hale Crits., Vol. 1)
"Philip Hale is another eminent eastern critic. From 1889 to 1891 he was musical critic of the Boston Home Journal. In 1890 he accepted a position as critic for the Boston Post, and in 1891 went to the Boston Journal in the same capacity (he remained with the Journal for 12 years and resigned in May 1903 to take a position on the staff of the Boston Herald, to which he contributed, besides musical criticism and editorials, a special column on 'Men and Things.' Since 1908 he has had charge of both music and drama for the Herald."(NAT. BIO., p. 462) Grant stated that, "Settling in Boston, Hale started writing music reviews for the Boston Post in 1890 and the next year moved to the Boston Journal, where he quickly became a colorful presence, writing not only music criticism but also a daily column called 'Talk of the Town,' that covered a broad human canvas. When in 1903 he moved over to the rival Herald, he wrote a similar column titled 'As the World Wags,' which retailed the exploits of such fictitious characters as Herkimer Johnson... and Halliday Witherspoon, a pseudonymous travel correspondent. He also for a few years in the 1890s wrote for the Musical Courier, edited the Boston Musical Record, and was music and drama critic for thirty years for the Herald (1903-1933)." (Grant, pp. 74 and 75) "Since 1897 he has been editor of the Boston Musical Record and was for some years correspondent of the Musical Courier. He has lectured throughout the country on musical subjects. Mr. Hale is known as one of the most brilliant and forceful writers in the interest of music connected with the American press. His articles are fair and judicious and also tinged with unique humor." (Hubbard-p. 305) Saerchinger (p. 252) adds dates for the Boston Musical Record of 1897-1901 and editorship of The Musical World of 1901-1903, and mentions that Hale began writing the program notes for the Boston Symphony Program Books in 1901.
The NAT. BIO. entry states "Mr. Hale is one of a small group of brilliant writers identified with musical criticism in America who command respect quite as much for the literary quality of their work as for their special knowledge upon which their observation and verdicts are based. He is conspicuous among critics by reason of his pronounced individuality and he extended range of his information. His influence on musical art bids fair to be as permanent as that of any of his contemporaries in criticism, because the force and pungent flavor of his utterance fix them in the memory, and because, beneath the wit that illuminates his dicta, and beneath the occasional outbursts of contempt for mediocrity and humbug, there is manifest devotion to the high ideals that should, and often does, stimulate those who write temporarily under his lashing to stern endeavor toward improvement." (Nat. Bio., p.463) Johnson wrote: "After 1889 Philip Hale was on hand to touch with surest wit and perceptiveness every musical and theatrical event. Trained in Germany, he also studied with Guilmant in Paris and lived there during an exciting period of artistic Impressionism. Hale's writing was accurate, learned, brilliant in expression and lively in satire and humor." (Johnson, HALLELUJAH, p. 160) Leichtentritt noted Hale among the early writers of the "Historical and Descriptive" notes in the BSO programs. "During the season of 1890-91 and a part of 1891-92 [these notes] were written by G. H. Wilson. On December 18, 1891, his name vanished and that of Philip Hale, destined to become the most famous of the Boston commentators appeared for the first time. From January 1892 to the end of the season, however, no author is given at all. Is Hale hidden behind the anonymity? In the two seasons of 1892-94 William F. Apthorp wrote the notes." (Leichtentritt, p. 367) These seasons included Margaret's April 1893 premier of Opus 12, Dramatic Overture. Apthorp was still doing the notes in 1896 as he wrote them for Margaret's Opus 24 Armida premiered in January of that year.
From 1892 until 1903 he was the music critic of the Boston Home Journal - he also wrote a daily column entitled "The Talk of the Town."[or "Taverner" Swan, p. 87] In May of 1903 he joined the editorial staff of the The Boston Herald began a daily column "As the World Wags." The Langs were mentioned in both of these columns. (DIC. AM. BIOG., pp. 269 and 270) "When he moved to The Boston Herald in 1903, he was a securely established critical power in the city; however, the thirty years at the Herald were truly the years of 'Philip the Great' (or 'the Terrible,' depending upon one's point of view). In those decades Boston could boast of two critics, Hale and Parker, with international reputations at least equal to those of the powerful New York critics of the day (Krehbiel, Finck, Henderson, Aldrich)." (Swan, p. 87) In 1878 The Boston Herald was described as "the most successful of the local papers. Its first number appeared in 1846 as an evening daily, neutral in politics. It was a small paper, issued at one cent a copy, containing four pages of five columns each. The edition was 2,000 copies." (King, p. 145) The paper grew to morning and evening editions, and increased in copies produced so that a special edition giving the election returns in 1876 sold 223,256 copies. In 1878 the paper was located at 255 Washington Street. "It is said that The Herald presses can print more papers in any given time than the presses of all other Boston dailies combined." (King, p. 146)
Hale was certainly a man of his own convictions. "He had no fear of the Olympian gods of music who had been placed by great critics upon heights of Parnassus. He could be derisive when he spoke of Wagner and Brahms, and in a lesser scale he could pour his scorn upon Sir Edward Elgar and others. Among his idols was Debussy." (DIC AM. BIOG., p. 370) In the June 1, 1899 issue of the Boston Musical Record he wrote: "We heard lately in Boston the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. The performance was technically most admirable. But is not the worship paid this Symphony mere fetishism?. Is not the famous Scherzo insufferably long-winded? The Finale is to me for the most part dull and ugly. I admit the grandeur of the passage 'und der Cherub steht vor Gott,' and the effect of 'Seid unschlungen Millionen!' But oh, the pages of stupid and hopelessly vular music. The unspeakable cheapness of the chief tune, 'Freude, Freude'! Do you believe way down in the bottom of your heart that if this music had been written by Mr. John L. Tarbox, now living in Sandown, N. H., any conductor here or in Europe could be persuaded to put it in rehearsal?" (Grant, p. 78) "A dry understated humor was a steady weapon in Hale's armamentarium... His acidic tendencies were feared by musicians...Hale? who, persisted in waering a loose black tie on all occasions into the Roaring Twenties, looked by that time like a creature from a yester era... Hale also was far less moralistic and puritanical than his predecessor Apthorp... He was modest enough to reverse earlier negative opinions upon later hearings, as with his opinion of much Strauss... He never learned to like Brahms and is apocryphally credited with punning, when Symphony Hall was opened in Boston, that the fire exits should be marked 'Exit in case of Brahms.' (Ibid. pp. 78 and 79) He once summed up his total life's work by saying: "Mere collections of passing opinions, citicisms that prove stale in a day-whether they be signed by Reichardt in 1792, Hanslick in the Eighties or Krehbiel in 1908 - those are tolerable neither to gods nor men." (Ibid, p. 80)
Lawrece Gilman of the New York Herald Tribune wrote that Hale "never hestitated to lighten musical instruction with diversion and with wit. He knew much besides music; and he was able to peptonize for the reader his vast and curious erudition. He could tell you about the maceration of oriental women, and what action is described by the word 'tutupomponeyer,' and who invented the first chess-playing automaton, and how locomotives engines are classified, and what Pliny said concerning the bird called penelope... [Hale's] amazing annotations, traversing all history and the ceaseless tragi-comedy of life, assure us that a programme note may sometimes, if an artist has contrived it, be more rewarding than the music that occasioned it. Philip Hale transformed the writing of programme notes from an arid and depressing form of musical pedagogy into an exhilarating variety of literary art." (Grant, p. 75)
However he had his very particlular views. He "denounced the influence of Dvorak the 'negrophile.' In 1910-fully six years after Dvorak's death-Hale was still contesting the New York view that the composer had struck an American chord. 'The negro,' he wrote, was 'not inherently musical.' His 'folk-songs' were founded on 'sentimental ballads sung by the white women of the plantation, or on camp-meeting tunes.' It would be 'absurd,' Hale concluded, 'to characterize a school of music based on such a foundation as an 'American school.'" (Horowitz)
The obit notice in Time Magazine of December 10, 1934 said: "For thirty years his shrewd scholarly criticisms made him Boston's oracle on music and the theatre. He wore bright Windsor ties, carried a big umbrella and a green felt hat. Last week's Symphony audience stood to show its respect for wise Philip Hale." "He was a man of distinguished though unconventional appearance. He wore a loose black silk tie and, even in an era when the facial adornment was fast disappearing, he continued to wear a large mustache." (DIC. AM. BIOG., P. 370) Grant's description was: "Hale?who, persisting in wearing a loose black silk tie on all occasions into the Roaring Twenties, looked by that time like a creature from a yester era." (Grant, pp. 78 and 79) "Hale was tall and elegantly trim; his sartorial signature was a loose black silk tie; for the opera, he always wore white tie and tails. His courtly manner was also caustic. Nothing more inflamed his pen than the influence of German music, language, and mores." (Horowitz, p. 64)
The scholarly view of the 1980s is reflected in the following: "Hale is best known for his program notes for the Boston SO; written between 1901 and 1934, these are scholarly, witty, and ample, and became the model for American program annotators. His insistence on evaluating each work as it appeared to him, and the quotability of his negative opinions (he once said of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto that 'the finale, with the endless repetitions of a Kangaroo theme, leads one to long for the end') have caused him to be represented as a crabbed reactionary, cringing at Brahms. In reality he was a fair-minded and forward-looking critic, one of the first American champions of Debussy and an often shrewd evaluator of later music." (Shirley, p. 307)
Around 1900 it was written that "Hale is known as one of the most forceful and brilliant writers for the American musical press; his articles in the Looker-on, Musical Review, Music Herald, etc., are valuable contributions to musical literature, as well as being interesting for the humor they contain." (Green, p. 343)
Comments from Eaton: "'Philip the Great,' occasionally 'Philip the Terrible,' and more intimately, 'Phil.'" Hale and Parker were opposites in many ways. Hale with private prep school, Yale, music study in Germany and Paris, professional work as an organist and choir director verses Parker with early schooling in England, Harvard, but "he was virtually a musical illiterate, unable, for example, to tell the difference between a major and minor chord and certainly lacking the ability to read notes." Both died in 1934. Hale had retired the year before and moved, with his wife, into the "staid Hotel Vendome... This hostelry had been dubbed by the more irreverent set as 'God's Waiting Room,' because so many of Boston's more or less affluent elders choose it as an antechamber to Heaven." Their writing styles were also different: "Hale used one word to his colleague's five, yet matched him in consumed space for his more varied output." Olin Downes, forever his disciple and later the main critic of the New York Times wrote: "If only one work could be saved from the English literature on music, we would vote for the preservation of the thirty-odd volumes of program notes which Mr. Hale has compiled." In addition to his musical and dramatic writings, he also was "the anonymous author of a column called 'As the World Wags,' [in which] he let his fancy roam over the world... Bostonians waited eagerly for the adventures of Herkimer Johnson, an alter ego Hale created to comment on men and affairs... His humor, clean and bright, seldom curdled to satire, but he could demolish a fledgling pianist, who should never been allowed at the starting point, with four words: 'She consumed valuable time.'" Hale was offered the higher paying position at the New York Times, but he refused "believing that Boston air nourished the individualist as New York's tended to submerge him." Hale had a particular style of dress: "Hale's personal badge, a flowing bow tie of either red or black, in later years occasionally enlivened by polka dots (some said depending on his charitable or uncharitable mood)." For attending the opera he wore "white tie and tails, a slim, tall figure, reminding his young assistant of a grand duke." While H. T. Parker sat in the first row of the first balcony at Symphony Hall, usually alone, "Hale, usually accompanied by his wife, occasionally by a crony, reigned serenely a few rows behind." All critics have their prejudices, but "Hale's Germanophobia extended beyond Wagner even to Bach, whose music he described as 'counterpoint by the yard-you can begin anywhere and end anywhere; a sausage factory.' He was, of course, known for suggesting a sign in Symphony Hall to read: 'Exit in Case of Brahms.' Later in life he mellowed somewhat and must be credited with warm and perceptive reviews of Richard Strauss' Salome and Electra at a time when other pens dripped horror and vitriol." Hale's writing style was described as being an "open progression of thought and brevity of sentence. Hale's mind clearly worked through his lean, pointed prose. 'Terse, idiomatic sentences were characteristic of the clarity of his thinking and the quick and penetrating processes of his mind,' Downes wrote after his death." To sum it up: "Equally lofty on a pinnacle of scholarship, genuine humanity, and sheer musical competence, the proud Hale, twice honored by academia with honorary degrees, selected for a scholarship award of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalistic fraternity, dubbed by Carl Engle, the musicologist and editor of Musical Quarterly, the 'Eaglet of Seventy' in 1924, flew banners brilliantly in to the third decade of the century." (pp. 102-111)
Paderewski had met Hale many times, and he described Hale as "a highly educated man of great culture and he knew many things besides music. But his criticisms were sometimes - I would not say adverse, but so sardonic, in their suggestion as to be unmistakable. There was always some little personal remark. He was witty, and wit is a very dangerous weapon in a critic, and in any one practically, because witty people cannot refrain from making witty remarks, and witty remarks are not always amusing when they are a little bit ironical. There was something in me though, which always shocked him-I cannot find another word for it?and that was my hair! He apparently could never get used to it. I must confess it was always a question in my mind whether Hale was envious of my hair, or simply disturbed by the sight of it. At any rate he always had to overcome to a certain extent his feeling and his annoyance, though it often trickled through into some rather caustic remarks in his notices, which was natural enough, feeling as he did." (Paderewski, pp. 200 and 201)
Henry Dunham, organ instructor of the New England Conservatory wrote: "we looked upon Hale as a pupil of Wolf [sic]. They were seen almost always together at the concerts and his style and even opinion seemed more or less influenced by the older man. After a few years, Wolf disappeared from the scene and Philip Hale continued on to become the famous critic he is today, and I am sure none the less so from his intimacy with B. E. Wolf." (Dunham, p. 229)
Handel and Haydn Society. It would seem that the early 1870s were a difficult period for the group. "The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston is about played out. Its white headed members are beginning to grow famous by their squeaky, husky voices-and they ought to know it. They wouldn't think of retiring in the background, or of admitting young voices and fresh talent into their exclusive ranks. They have grown old-fogyish in their notions, and can't give a respectable concert without outside assistance. Their day is past; and our hopes now centre in the rising Apollo Club, from which the public is led to expect many wonderful successes." (Folio, February 1872)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 51.
Henschel, Georg. Born February 18, 1850 in Breslau of Polish descent - "He was the only son of his mother, though there were three other children by his father's first marriage." (Henschel, H., p. 9) He died September 10, 1934 in Aviemore, Scotland at his holiday-home "Alltnacriche." At the age of twelve he played the piano solo in Weber's Concertstuck "at a new music school which his professor had just started in Berlin." (Ibid, p. 10). In 1867, aged seventeen, he went to study at the Conservatory in Leipzig where his favorite piano teacher was Ignace Moscheles. He studied voice with Goetze whom he felt gave him "the solid foundations of a vocal structure of great simplicity, inteneded for duration rather than show." (Ibid, p. 11) Henschel's daughter remarked that "this instinct was fully justified, as anyone will realize who heard my father broadcast on his eighty-fourth birthday or who is familiar with the records he made just before he was eighty." (Ibid) At about this time he met Liszt who invited him to his Weimar home. At one of Liszt's Sunday mornings "at-home" Henschel was part of a group that included Anton Rubinstein, Carl Tausig, Hans von Bulow and Liszt. At this occasion Wagner's Valkyrie was played from the recently published score?Henschel was then just eighteen, and it made a great impression on him. In 1870 Henschel transferred to Berlin to study at the High School of Music headed by Joseph Joachim, and Professor Schulze was his vocal teacher. "During his stay in Berlin he met Madame Schumann, the Joachims, and most of the other great musicians living there." (Ibid, p. 13) In 1874 Henschel first met Brahms. Henschel's first appearance in England was at "a Monday 'Pop' in St. James' Hall on February 19th., 1879, the day after his twenty-ninth birthday." (Ibid, p. 14) First conductor of the BSO, "Henschel made a strong impression in Boston, not only as a singer and composer, but also, at a concert of the Harvard Musical Association, as a conductor. In a surprise appearance, he led the orchestra in his own Concert Overture, and even John S. Dwight was struck by 'the revelation (from the very first measures of the work) of that rara avis, a born conductor.' Higginson evidently was impressed too: that concert took place March 3, 1881; within the month he had conceived a new orchestra and engaged Henschel as its conductor." The opera singer Clara Rogers recorded: "Georg Henschel, who had come to America in July, 1880, with his bride-elect, Lillian Bailey, offered both his and Lillian's services as soloists for the last symphony concert of the [HMA] season, with the understanding that he should conduct an overture of his own composition. The orchestra, roused to unwonted effort by the magnetism of Henschel's ardent and highstrung temperament, fairly outdid itself... They played with a vim and spirit as unusual and startling as the vivid tone colour displayed in their performance. Mr. Higginson was quick to recognize his man at once. No further search for a conductor was necessary." (Rogers, Two Lives, p. 69) Henschel recorded in a letter : "I engaged the members of the orchestra, selecting them, at Mr. Higginson's very wise suggestion, as nearly possible from those of the old Harvard Society and among other local players." (Henschel, H. p. 31) The BSO "numbered at the outset sixty-seven musicians, and its first conductor was Mr. George Henschel, who prior to that time had been better known as a song-writer and pianist of exceptional ability. He remained as conductor until 1884. He was an ardent devotee of Beethoven. His concerts began with The Dedication of the House, and each season closed with the Ninth Symphony. All the nine symphonies were played during his administration, but his work was not confined to Beethoven, for the classical and modern composers had a fair representation on his programmes, and he gave considerable attention to American compositions. Notwithstanding his ability he did not succeed, however, and in 1884 Mr. Higginson brought Mr. Wilhelm Gericke from Vienna to take his place." (Upton, "Musical Societies," p. 80) "There was some criticism of the selection at first, partly because Henschel's appointment was deemed a slight to local conductors and partly because his multiple talents aroused suspicion as to his competence in any one area, but he came to be regarded as a fine musician, if not a stern drillmaster... At Higginson's suggestion, his first season included all the nine Beethoven symphonies played in chronological order; the Ninth was performed at the last concert of the season with a volunteer chorus of subscribers and others." (Am Grove, p. 372) "The early days of the orchestra were not by any means peaceful. The Press, for some reason, were almost unanimous in trying to kill the new venture... Fortunately, they seem to have had no effect on public opinion." (Henschel, H., p. 31) Henschel was "a young German singer-composer who came to the United States in 1880 to appear in concerts as soloist and in company with his fiancee, Lillian Bailey, a gifted soprano who had grown up in Boston. The couple had met in London, where Henschel was well launched on a career when Bailey arrived from studies in Paris." (Sablosky, p.249) "While in Boston before their wedding, they performed several recitals and appeared as Mephistopheles and Gretchen in B. J. Lang's performance of Berlioz's La damnation de Faust (1880)." (Am. Grove, p. 372) After leaving the Boston Symphony Orchestra Henschel did return to Boston on various occasions. "Mr. and Mrs. Georg Henschel gave four vocal recitals in the Meionaon, Tremont Temple, March 21, 23, 28, 30. Only Mr. Henschel's compositions were sung at the concert of the 30th., at which Miss Gertrude Edmands, Contralto, and Mr. G. J. Parker, tenor, assisted." (MYB, 1888-89, p. 24)
He first appeared in England (1877) as singer; engagements during the following years included those with the Bach Choir (1878) and at London Philharmonic (1879), where he sang a duet with the American soprano Lillian June Bailey (1860-1901)(her London debut), who became his pupil and later his wife (1881). At Henschel's "Second Vocal Recital" held at Tremont Temple on January 31, 1881, Lang and Miss Lillian Bailey were listed as assiting artists. Lang and Henschel played the Hommage a Handel by Moscheles for two pianos. Whether Henschel accompanied himself and Miss Bailey is not clear from the program. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 3) At the fourth concert in the 1881-82 "Season of Mr. and Mrs. Georg Henschel's Vocal Recitals" held at the Meionaon on Monday January 9, 1882 Lang was an assisting artist along with three other performers-two singers and a pianist (Miss Lamson, probably a Lang pupil). Lang did two solos, and he and Lamson accompanied selections from Op. 52 and 65 Liebeslieder Waltzes by Brahms. (BPL Prog., Vol. 3) Lang had also taken part in the earlier three concerts in the series. For the first on December 6, 1881 he played two solos and was probably the accompanist. For the second on December 16, 1881 he played three short solos, and for the third on December 27, 1881 he played two Bach pieces as arranged by St. Saens. (BPL Prog., Vol. 4)
After three years as a conductor of the Boston Symphony (1881-84), Henschel made his home in England, where he succeeded Jenny Lind as professor of singing at Royal College of Music (1886-88); he established London Symphony concerts; appeared in Britain and on Continent as both conductor and singer. (Sablosky, pp. 297-98) "At his final concert [with the BSO] on March 22, 1884, Henschel gave the downbeat for Schumann's Manfred Overture only to see the entire orchestra rise and begin playing Auld Lang Syne. At this, the audience stood and proceeded to sing along. he was too much moved to speak." (Horowitz, p. 50)
Portrait by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1879. Wikipedia article, downloaded February 28, 2010.
"Henschel at the piano of Alma-Tadema, Townshend House"
Henschel returned to Boston as a singer and composer in 1892. "A friend of Brahms and Joachim, [he] was distinguished in many fields and highly honored in London, where he had finally settled. On April 14, 1892, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed his Opus 50, Suite from the Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet, under his direction. In the same concert his wife, a former pupil of his, sang arias by Handel and Massenet. In March and April 1892 they gave four vocal recitals, classed among the finest of the season. At another concert Henschel's ballad for contralto and orchestra, here Was An Ancient King, was sung; and Arthur Foote included five vocal quartets by him in his concert of April 13, 1893, in which oboe pieces and a piano suite by Foote were performed." (Leichtentritt, p. 380)
"He brought out many of the newer compositions and revised [revived?] forgotten works of excellence. From 1893-1895 [he] conducted the Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow and gave a command performance at Windsor Castle. His compositions include a suite in canon form for stringed orchestra, the 130th. Psalm for chorus and orchestra, a serenade for chorus and orchestra, and several part-songs." (Green, p. 370) The Cecilia Society performed his "Missa pro defunctis, composed in memory of his wife, in which he and his daughter Helen took the leading vocal parts." (Am Grove, p. 372) Ledbetter's list of compositions includes "two operas, a number of sacred choral works, about 20 piano pieces, and many songs and duets. Besides his book of memoirs, he published Personal Recollections of J. Brahms (1907) and Articulation in Singing (1918)." (Am. Grove, p. 372) "To do justice to Henschel's personal character would need many words. Suffice it to say that he was a man of great physical and mental vitality, of outstanding intellect, and of notable charm and kindness." (Musical Times, Oct. 1934, p. 895)
Lillian and Georg Henschel. Boston Symphony Archive.
Henschel, Lillian June. "1860-1901. Lillian Bailey, a gifted soprano, was born in Ohio. Her first teachers were her uncle, C. Haydn, and Mme. Rudersdorff. When but sixteen years old she made her first pubic appearance in Boston, and met with much success. In 1878 she went to Paris and became a pupil of Mme. Viardot-Garcia. It was while singing at the Philharmonic in London that she met Georg Henschel. Later she became his pupil, and in 1881 they were married in Boston. Wherever Mrs. Henschel sang she met with success; her method was excellent and her voice possessed a charm which merited the applause given her. She appeared with her husband in song recitals in most of the largest cities in America, and delighted most critical audiences, as well as the pubic at large. She died in London in 1901." (Green, p.370) Her "first public performance" referred to above may have been a concert that she presented at the Revere House on Friday evening, April 7, 1876 where B. J. Lang was among the seven assisting artists. In this concert she only sang three songs with the majority of the concert being provided by the guest instrumentalists and vocalists (HMA Program Collection) Arthur Foote referred to this concert: "In 1876 I assisted at two of Lang's concerts in Boston... In these concerts a wonderful young girl, Lillian Bailey, afterwards Mrs. George Henschel, made her first appearance: a lovely voice and most beautiful singing-one of the finest artists I have known. She, her mother, brother, and uncle (Charles R. Hayden), lived at the top of Hotel Pelham (where the Little Building now stands), and I was a frequent visitor, making music there with her." (Foote, Auto., p. 44) On February 10, 1877 she presented a concert at Union Hall which was "appreciated by a large and cultivated crowd. This gifted lady, yet in her teens, shows a remarkable improvement since her first semi-private appearance a year ago. Her fresh, sweet, penetrating voice has develped into larger volume and capacity of various expression... For she has intellectual talent likewise, and seems to be prompted by a genuine musical entusiasm... Miss Bailey's teacher, Mr. C. R. Hayden, [her uncle] to whose judicious training the young maiden bore such testimony" also sang. Lang students Sumner and Foote were the accompanists. (Dwight, March 3, 1877, p. 399) Fifteen months before Mr. C. R. Hayden had been called "one of the best tenors of our concert rooms" when he took part in the 452nd. recital of NEC. (Dwight, December 11, 1875, p. 142) In December 1877 Miss Bailey was the soloist at the Second Harvard Musical Association Orchestra Concert singing both with orchestra and piano accompaniment. Dwight wrote: "Miss Lillian Bailey, with her delicate, sweet, fresh voice, her charming naturalness of manner, and her artistic, earnest feeling and expression, sang to great accetance. She has gained much in power and style within a year, and, being very young, she will gain more. But it is already a rare treat to listen to her." (Dwight, December 8, 1877, p. 142) A month later she presented herself in a concert that "was very agreeable and lively. The audience, which filled Union Hall, was of as select and flattering a character as a young artist could be honored with." Her uncle also sang and Mr. Dresel was the vocal accompanist. (Dwight, February 2, 1878, p. 175) Later that spring she appeared again at Union Hall at a "testimonial concert tendered to the favorite young Soprano by the Second Church Young People's Fraternity." It was a great success: "Union Hall was crowded: Miss Bailey sang her best." Again her uncle was part of the performance, and Lang served as accompanist and piano soloist playing the Nocturne in C Minor and Etude in E Flat Major by Chopin and the "Introduction and Scherzo" from the G Minor Piano Concerto by Satint-Saens. (Dwight, May 11, 1878, p. 231) In October she sang the soprano solos in Messiah for the Handel and Haydn Socity. "Miss Bailey, who sang here for the first time since her studies in Paris, and her successful career in England, took the soprano solos; and, considering her youth, and the yet juvenile though much improved quality of her voice in firmness, evenness and fullness, acquitted herself most creditably... The young lady's tones are pure and clear as a bird, her intonation faultless, and all the exacting arias were well studied and agreeably sustained with good style and expression." (Dwight, October 23, 1880, p. 174) A month later it was noted that she was "affianced to George Henschel. (Dwight, November 20, 1880, p. 191) Two months later Bailey and Henschel were sharing recital programs where he "splendidly played all the accompaniments." Lang and Henschel played the Moscheles Homage a Handel, a duet for two pianos to finish their January 31, 1881 concert at the Tremont Temple. (Dwight, February 26, 1881, p. 37) Twenty-five years later, on Saturday March 13, 1901 3PM at the Association Hall, Lang and Foote repeated the St. Saens's Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for two pianos which they had performed at Lillian's Boston debut (which this 1901 program said had happened on March 13, 1876 "at Mr. Lang's concert"), but this time the concert's featured artist was Lillian and Georg Henschel's daughter, Helen Henschel. This 1901 concert was a family affair, for part of the program was a group of duets sung by mother and daughter, accompanied by father. (BPL Lang Prog, 6665) Helen, the Henschel's daughter, recorded the remarks of Edith Hipkins who remembered that in 1879 Georg's London debut been "like a great wind, with his glorius voice, his flashing eyes and his splendid vitality. He was invited everywhere at once, and appeared even to be everywhere at once... As for your mother, she was too charming for words. And how jealous we all were when your father got engaged to her. That this glorious creature should be going to marry a very young and unknown singer from America seemed unbearable! But quite understandable, too. How pretty she was. So gentle and amusing. And she sang like a little bird." (Henschel, H. p. 14)
Herald, Boston. Started in 1846. Considered in 1889 as one of "two popular newspapers, of the modern 'hustling' order," the other being the Globe... For several years the Herald had no rival as a two-cent people's newspaper. Its circulation was as large as its enterprise, and it had its particular field all to itself. It is a Republican-Independent paper, or as a latterly coined word expresses it?'Mugwump'." (Grieve, p. 104)
Higginson, Major Henry Lee. After Boston Latin School, Higginson attended Harvard, but poor eyesight ended his studies there after only a few months. The next few years were spent mainly in Europe, ending in Vienna aged twenty-three, where he began a two-year period of music study. He arose each day at 6:30AM and followed a regimen of nine music lessons and two lectures per week. At the end of this intensive period he determined that he "had no special talent for music," and returned in 1861 to Boston. (Horowitz, pp. 70 and 71) he fought in the Civil War until he was wounded in June 1863. After marrying the daughter of the Harvard anthropologist, and then having suffered several failing business projects, he was taken into his father's banking firm. Here he made his mark and was able to "amass a sufficient fortune to undertake his true lifework. The Boston Symphony, on which he expended nearly one million dollars in deficit relief alone, was the most generous of his many philanthropies." (Ibid, p. 72) George Henschel wrote of Mrs. Higginson: "[She], a daughter of the great scienist, Louis Agazziz, was one of a small circle of ladies who held what in France they call a 'salon,' at whose afternoon teas the representatives-resident or transitory-of art and science, music and literature, used to meet and discuss the events and questions of the day. These highly cultured women, among whom I recall with delight dear old Mrs. Julia Ward Howe... Mrs. George D. Howe, with Mrs. Bell and her sister Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. John L.?familiarly Mrs. Jack-Gardner, were the leaders of what certainly was society in the highest and best meaning of the word." (Quoted by Tara, Foote, p. 110) Higginson died in Boston on Friday, November 14, 1919 at the age of 84. (Methuen Memorial Music Hall website, 11/26/10, p. 5)
Hill, Francis G. "The sudden death of Mr. Francis G. Hill, which occurred a week ago at his residence in Newtonville, was a painful blow to very many musical and other friends of the deceased, who, by his sweet and kindly disposition, his rare modesty, his sincere interest in Art and fellow artists, and his zeal for their success, more almost than his own, had become attached to him. Mr. Hill was among the first of Boston young men who went to Germany to study music. He returned a really accomplished pianist, but his extreme modesty, ever inclined to underrate his own abilities, kept him from public performance. As a teacher he was faithful and successful, and as a friend all who have come within his quiet sphere have valued him." (Dwight, June 1, 1872, p. 247) The short notice in the Folio mentioned that his death "on May 24th, resulting from an overdose of chloral, will not only carry sadness to the hearts of many who knew him, but ought to serve a severe lesson to those like addicted." (Folio, July 1872) Chloral was first discovered in 1832 by Justus von Liebig, and "Its sedative properties were first published in 1869... It was widely used recreationally and misprescribed in the late 19th. century." (Wikipedia "Chloral hydrate," May 7, 2010) Mixed with alcohol it becomes a "Mickey Finn,"" and "it has been speculated that it contributed to" the death of Marilyn Monroe. (Ibid) James Bond was drugged by it, and in "Russia With Love" it was used to knock out Tatiana Romanava. (Ibid) The brief notice in Dexter Smith's noted: "In the death of Mr. Francis G. Hill, the musical profession lost a zealous worker, and his many friends parted with one whose modest worth will be held dear as long as memory shall preserve to us the remembrance of his kindly heart and open hand." (Dexter Smith's, July 1872, p. 154) In the spring issues of the Boston Musical Times he had advertised himself as a "Teacher of the Piano-Forte" with an address of 21 LaGrange Place. (BMT, March 24, 1860) A short notice in the Boston Musical Times listed Hill's teachers as Dreyschock and Ch. Mayer who is described as "a modest gentleman, and a teacher of experience and ability. During the past ten years [1853-63] Mr. Hill has numbered among his pupils a large number of the most accomplished amateurs who have obtained recognition in our city; and his style as well as his thoroughness in whatever pianism he undertakes, commend him to the consideration of all who doubt as to whom they had best employ teach their children. So much testimony we bear in common justice to Mr. Hill, without his solicitation or knowledge." (BMT, April 4, 1863, p. 22)
Homer, Louise. Soloist with the HMA Orchestra in January 1880. (Dwight, January ??, 1880, p. 4)
Homer, Sidney. "Husband of our great opera singer" was an organ pupil of George Whitefield Chadwick in the mid 1880s. (6392)
Homer, Winslow. 1936-1910. In the Portland Maine Museum of Art is a pencil sketch of Lang made in 1895. It was given to the Museum in 1991 by William D. Hamill. The card under the drawing records: "Winslow Homer shared confidences with his sister-in-law Martha, known as Mattie. Married to Homer's brother Charles, Mattie preserved their correspondence, thus providing a glimpse at the artists's social life at Prouts Neck, Boston, and in New York. This rare portrait is of Mattie's great friend Benjamin Johnson Lang and, when combined with Homer's letter to Mattie, serves as a document of the tight-knit Homer family. Lang - a prominenet Boston symphony conductor, pianist, and organist - sat for Homer on April 19, 1895, in the musician's studio on Newbury Street in Boston. Homer sent the sketch to Mattie the following day as a token of his affection, along with a detailed letter describing the fidgety sitter." (Portland Museum, item 1991.19.3) The Portland Museum also has a short note dated November 29, 1884 from Homer to Mrs. Lang acknowleding her invitation to him and his father.
Hopekirk, Helen. (b. Edinburgh, May 20, 1856 and d. Cambridge, MA, November 19, 1945). When Helen returned to Scotland in 1919, she was given a "silver bowl-among the donors' names engraved on that bowl was M. R. Lang, so presumably Margaret Lang and Helen Hopekirk were good friends." (Ammer, UNSUNG, CENTURY EDITION, p. 112)
Print from the lower first page of "Harper's Weekly", April 13, 1867. Johnston Collection.
Clark's Boston Blue Book 1888, p. 320.
Horticultural Hall (c. 1871) "In 1865 Horticultural Hall moved again to the building at Tremont and Bromfield Streets the site of the first Boston Museum, opposite the Studio Building." (King, p. 56-he has a photo from the 1870s provided by the BPL Print Department) "Stores were on the ground floor, and the auditorium was on the second floor. In 1882, the new Dime Museum took over the first floor." (Ibid, p. 57) "A plan by G. J. F. Bryant and A. Gilman was adopted, the design being in accordance with that in the modern public buildings in France. The building, which is constructed of white Concord granite, fronts on Tremont Street, and covers the lot between Bramfield Street and Montgomery Place. The lower floor is devoted to stores, and the second story contains a hall 51 by 57 feet and 17 feet high, withy various apartments for the use of the Society. The third story contains a grand Exhibition Hall, 50 by 77 feet, and 26 feet high... The exterior of the building is ornamented by three large statues in white granite... The material used was white granite from Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and it presented great difficulties in the mechanical execution." (Harper's Weekly, p. 1)
Houston, Miss J. E. Soprano-Was one of the assisting artists in Lang's "Sacred Concert" given at the Music Hall in February 1864 (the organ had just been opened the November before). Lang presented solo organ pieces, and other artists included the violinist, Mr. Eichberg and the organist, Mr. Willcox. In 1861 she had been an assisting artist with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club at a concert in Jamaica Plain where she was listed as a member "of the Old South choir," and the evaluation was that she "sang two songs to great acceptance." (Dwight, March 23, 1861, p. 415) Perhaps Lang introduced her to the Club.
Hughes, Rupert. 1872-1956. "Among the brightest of the younger writers on musical topics in America, yet not permanently attached to any of the great dailies, is Rupert Hughes. He is a Westerner, having been born in Lancaster, Missouri, January 31, 1872." Educated in Iowa, he graduated from Western Reserve University, and began work in New York City. After his early work (c.1900) centered on American composers, he turned from "the compilation of popular volumes on music to fiction, an early example of which is Zal (1905), a study in the psychology of the concert pianist." (Lueders, p. 145) A writer of fiction, verse, essays and criticism, he wrote a number of books on music. "Mr. Hughes is an indefatigable student of facts, yet one of the liveliest and wittiest of American authors." (Elson, p. 327) Grant describes him as a "millionaire novelist and screenwriter who also wrote a biography of George Washington." (Grant, pp. xx and xxi) Grant also cites him as "the only classical music critic to become millionaire and Hollywood celebrity." (Grant, p. 208) He began "as a quiet journeyman classical music critic and appreciation book writer. He ended up the author of fifty books of fiction and nonfiction (one of which helped influence the creation of the observance of Mother's Day); prolific screenwriter; silent movie director whose films are even today generating a cult among cinephiles; soldier under Pershing in the 1916 Mexican expedition to catch Pancho Villa; radio commentator; controversial George Washington biographer; publicly declared agnostic; and Hollywood chum of the stars. He was also the uncle of billionaire Howard Hughes, but Uncle Rupert earned his own fortune, thank you." (Grant, p. 208) As a writer, "So far ahead of his time was he that he even included a chapter on 'Women Composers' in his 1900 book on composers; Hughes was a staunch advocate of women's rights in those suffragist days." (Grant, p. 209)
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Ipsem, Mrs. L. S. Wife of the designer of the programs for the Apollo Club, she performed as a singer with Lang in various concerts in the mid-1870s. She would often include a group of Norwegian songs. (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 2)
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Jaell, Alfred. Born Trieste-March 5, 1832 and died in Paris-February 27, 1882. "Began his career  at eleven years old as a prodigy, and seems to have acquired his great skill by constant performance in public." In 1844 [aged 12] "he was taken to Moscheles, who called him a Wunderknabe." (Lahee, p. 144) After his debut in Venice, he then appeared in Vienna in 1844, and in Brussels 1845-46. After the French Revolution in 1848, "he went to America for some years. In 1854 he returned to Europe. In 1862 he played at the Musical Union in London... from that time he played frequently in England... Her always showed himself anxious to bring forward new compositions; and played the concertos of Brahms and of Raff at the Philharmonic, at a time when they were unknown to that audience." (Grove-Dictionary-1921, p. 524) Lahee notes "the revolution of 1848 appears to have been of direct benefit musically to the United States, for many excellent musicians sought these shores and made America their permanent home. Others merely remained until the difficulties had passed, and Jaell was one of those who found the United States a resort convenient and lucrative for a time. He is described by one who heard him in the sixties as a short, rotund man, with a countenance beaming with good humour, and, in spite of his unwieldiness, full of life and energy. A drawback to his playing was the constant staccato of short fat hands, which made legato, such as was common in the playing of Henselt, Thalberg, and Liszt, impossible to him. But his tone was round, full, yet sweet and penetrating - the very biggest, fullest pianoforte tone to be heard at the time. Jaell married in 1866 Mademoiselle Marie Trautman, also a distinguished pianist." (Lahee, p. 144) Baker, BIO. DIC. p. 293 adds: Pupil for violin and piano of his father, Eduard J.; pianistic debut at Venice, 1843, after which time his almost continual concert-tours earned him the title of "le pianiste-voyageur." From 1852-54 he traveled in America; after this he made Paris, Brussels, or Leipzig his temporary home... He was made court-pianist to the King of Hanover in 1856. His playing was remarkable rather for suave elegance and refinement than forceful energy... He wrote many extremely effective transcriptions from Wagner, Schumann, Mendelssohn, etc. (Baker BIO DIC. p. 293) The Chicago critic George P. Upton described Jaell as "a showy, brilliant player in the Thalberg manner, and a charming, likeable man, whose greatest delight, moved perhaps like von Bulow, by sense of rhythm, was to beat the bass drum when the Germania drummer had a night off." (Upton, p. 83) While in Boston he was an assisting artist with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club. (Dowell, p. 39) Alfred Jaell, a virtuoso whose highest honor in life, perhaps, was the offer once made him to become director of the Leipzig Conservatory. (Boston Transcript, Apr. 5, 1909) Lang had probably heard Jaell who had been the soloist in the Boston premier of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 with the Germania Musical Society at the Melodeon Theatre on February 19, 1852 conducted by Carl Bergmann. Early in 1853 Dwight wrote: "Alfred Jaell is now, we suppose, generally acknowledged the foremost pianist who has visited this country. Evident to any one, who once hears him play, in whatever music, is the brilliancy of his touch, the liquid purity and smoothness and consummate finish of his passages, the well-conceived, clear, elegant rendering of the whole piece, with just regard to light and shade and fair proportion, and full bringing out of every point, and above all, the happy certainty and ease with which he does it... He certainly possesses the genius of execution. It is not any possible method or amount of practice that could place another by his side, unless equally gifted... In the two winters he has spent in Boston, he has interpreted to us a pretty long list of compositions of the nobler masters... [Describing his performance of the Symphony Concerto by Littolf Dwight noted] It was Jaell's crowning triumph in the way of execution; octave passages of incredible rapidity, lightening-like leaps from bass to treble, and all sorts of difficulties were achieved, with only a little more air of determined concentration, but with his usual success... Mr. Jaell's audience, though the Music Hall had capacity for many more, was very large - at least fifteen hundred persons - which proved the high estimation in which he is held, seeing that he can be heard at every Wednesday afternoon rehearsal of the Germanians for an almost nominal price." (Dwight, January 22, 1853, pp. 124 and 125) In June 1861 it was reported: "Alfred Jaell, the young pet, some years ago, of our whole public, young and old, the caressed of the young ladies, the feted of the young men, has taken a position in Europe which his early abilities promised. he has been giving concerts in Paris during the last winter, and the best journals of the city speak warmly of his powers... It seems that Jaell has all the versatility which characterized him in this country, when he would go from a Chopin concerto to his own concert polkas, and thence to a Beethoven sonata with equal power and beauty in all... We are pleased to record all this, for Alfred Jaell has always remained in our memory and affections as among the very noblest of the pianists who have visited this country." (BMT, June 15, 1861, p. 133) Six months later the same newspaper reported: "Alfred Jaell is at Zurich. After making a professional tour through Switzerland, he will proceed to Northern Germany, and give concerts in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden , Leipzig, etc. The papers don't add that he will go to America next. The papers may be right in not doing so. We only wish they were not. What a treat it would be to hear the dapper little pianist once more." (BMT, December 28, 1861, p. 243) Under "Musical Gossip" the Boston Musical Times reported that: "Mr. Aldred Jaell, formerly a distinguished teacher of the piano in this city, has recently given a brilliant concert in London, which, the World says, netted him a large amount of money. Mr. Jaell is as popular as he is able." (BMT, October 1, 1864, p. 147) In 1866 Jaell was married was married to Mlle. Marie Trautmann. "A wedding like this has happy auspices. Not only is the prospective bridegroom a pianist of incontestable and universal ability, but the lady is a brilliant executant on the same instrument, such as the present day has rarely witnessed." (BMT, September 8, 1866, p. 3) Unfortuneately Jaell died "quite suddenly in 1882, aged only 49, leaving Marie a 35-year old widow." (Wikipedia, March 9, 2009)
Jenks, Francis H. Assistant to Apthorp at the Boston Transcript from 1881 whose function was to do "the regular and constructive work of the department, and indeed everything that Mr. Apthorp did not chose to take in hand." (Chamberlin, p. 206)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 251.
Johns, Clayton. See another photo in "Lang's Social Circuit."
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 290.
Pratt, AMERICAN MUSIC AND MUSICIANS, 1920, p. facing 258.
Mathews, p. 125.
Joseffy, Raphael. 1852[or 1853]-1915. "Born in 1852, at Muskolcz, Hungary. He first studied under Moscheles at Leipsic and then under Thalberg. Dilligent application combined with a great degree of natural talent ensured him rapid progress, and he soon began to astonish the people of Vienna with his wonderful playing... Two or three years ago (1879 or 1880) he came to this country, and has regularly appeared in the principal cities of the Union with great success. As a player he has a marvelous technique, noted not only for brilliancy but also for softness and elasticity." (Jones, p. 80) More details were provided in 1981: "The son of a rabbi, Joseffy began his studies in Budapest with Brauer, who had been the teacher of Stephen Heller. When he was fourteen he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where he had lessons with Reinecke and Moscheles, followed by two years of study with Tausig in Berlin. He was a pupil of Liszt in the summers of 1870 and 1871." (Ibid, pp. 179 and 180) "His technique. while equal to every possible demand of modern pianoforte composers, is nevertheless remarkable chiefly for its delicacy and finish. For this reason it has been frequently denied of him, by critics, that he possesses anything of the fire of artistic genius; this, however, is entirely unjust. Many of his interpretations are masterly, and notwithstanding the delicacy of his playing, at times he calls out the entire force of the Steinway pianos, upon which he invariably plays... In person Mr. Joseffy is short, inclining to stoutness. His manners are singularly quiet, but he is witty and, upon occasion, very sarcastic," (Mathews, p. 126) The Chicago critic George P. Upton described Joseffy as "a most graceful, polished player, who was a great favorite for many years." (Upton, p. 83) Lang conducted the orchestra for three performances of a concert featuring Joseffy, "The Piano Virtuoso" at Horticultural Hall on Thursday evening October 30, Friday Evening October 31 and Saturday Matinee November 1, 1879. Dwight wrote: "On the first evening Joseffy was accompanied in two pieces by a very small but select orchestra, under the able direction of Mr. B. J. Lang." (Dwight, November 8, 1879, p. 182) There were two orchestral selections-an opening overture, Prometheus by Beethoven and the "Allegro" from the Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn. Joseffy played three solos and was the soloist in Chopin's Concerto in E Minor and the concert ended with Liszt's Hungarian Fantasie. "The two purely orchestral selections were nicely suited to the occasion, and were played with spirit and refinement, as was also the long and pregnant introduction to the Chopin Concerto. A very few bars sufficed to convince the audience of the marvelous touch of the pianist, as well as of a perfect technique... Indeed, we dare not say that we have ever heard in any artists (Rubinstein, Von Bulow, Essipoff, included) a more near approach to absolute perfection in every element of technique and execution... That concert was a fresh sensation and surprise, even to old concert-goers. The result of it was the general feeling that here is a man who unites all the qualities of a complete pianist, with no weakness, no flaw anywhere." (Ibid) Tickets, from A. P. Schmidt 146 Tremont Street were $1 with reserved seats for an additional 50 cents. (BPL Lang Prog., 6562) Lang assisted Joseffy in St. Saens Variations on a Theme by Beethoven on Saturday afternoon, May 22, 1880 at 2:30PM at the Music Hall. The rest of the concert was solo material. This was advertised as Joseffy's "Farewell Paino Concert (Positively his last appearance in Boston), and tickets were $1 with reserved seats 25 cents extra, available from the Music Hall. (BPL Lang Prog., 6572) However in 1882 he did three concerts in Boston (the second with orchestra conducted by Zerrahn) which were also advertised as "his last appearance in Boston." (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 3) Joseffy was born in Hungary, July 3, 1853; sent as a child to be a pupil of Moscheles and then "to the greater Tausig;" debut in Vienna followed by concert tours around the world; came to America in 1879; "for over five years [1879-1884] he disappeared from the concert platform, studying most zealously during that time; then a new Joseffy came back, - an earnest and powerful musician who strove for the best in art, not for immediate success. He has given his best work to America. As a teacher (in the National Conservatory of New York)[1888-1904], Joseffy has done much for piano playing with us." (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus, p. 289) "Of all Liszt's pupils, Sauer and Joseffy were the most refined, and also the most concerned with presenting Chopin's style without unnecessay subjectivism." (Methuen-Campbell, p. 52) "I incline to the view that of all Liszt's pupils, the Chopin of Sauer, Joseffy and Rosenthal was probably the most convincing and natural. The three of them played a vast cross-section of Chopin's works and they appear to have grasped something of the essence of Liszt's genius as a pianist?this genius was the ability to re-create a piece anew at each performance." (Ibid, p. 58) Although Joseffy did make occasional appearances, he was an exceptionally shy man, who cared very little for the applause of an audience. Once his playing had reached maturity, it was beyond criticism. Albert Parsons, an American who had studied with Tausig at the same time, contrasted Joseffy's playing with that of their teacher as being 'like the multi-coloured mist that encircles a mighty mountain; but beautiful." James Huneker, who was his assistant for ten years... believed that Joseffy's playing had greater intellect and greater brilliance than that of Anton Ruinstein." (Ibid, p. 180)
Journal, Boston. Started in 1833. "Since 1860 it has been published from 264 Washington Street... In many respects an excellently edited paper... Its features are all arranged in departments... and it corresponds to its constituency, which is largely made up of systematic merchants and families of the old school... It still  adheres to the old four page 'blanket sheet' form, with a supplement when an overflow of matter calls for it...It publishes morning and evening editions." (Grieve, pp. 103 and 104) "It has attained a firm foothold among thrifty middle-class Republicans; its special strongholds being in Maine, New Hampshire, and the country towns of Massachusetts... It aims to secure full, prompt, and reliable intelligence from all quarters of the world. The local news columns are full and fresh, there being a large and active staff of reporters. No attempt is made at fine writing; and the paper has a practical, business-like tone, which is suited to the tastes of its constituency. The Journal is a large folio sheet, and sells for 3 cents a copy." (King, p. 148)
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Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection
Kreissmann, August. 1823-1879. "Born in 1823 at Frankenhausen, Germany. He studied singing at Dresden, Vienna, and Milan, and about 1849 came to the United States, settling in Boston... His singing was expressive and intelligent, and his voice, a tenor, full, sweet and sympathetic. On account of failing health, he returned to Germany in 1876, and died at Gera, March 12, 1879. He was of a kindly nature, and highly esteemed by all who knew him." (Jones, p. 83) Director of the "Orpheus Musical Society" c. 1864-1870s. (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 4) "There was also a German society, the Orpheus (male chorus), which, at the time when Kreissmann was the conductor, enjoyed quite a good reputation." (Ritter, p. 393) On June 13, 1879 the Orpheus Society held a memorial service at their club rooms in memory of their first conductor. One of the members, F. H. Underwood gave a detailed address of over four columns when it was printed by Dwight. Underwood noted that Kreissmann became friendly with Boston's leading musical families: "The Chickerings, in particular, were his ardent supporters; and the Dwights, Schlesingers, Dressels, Uphams, Apthorps, Lorings, and many more, were constant and devoted to him... Boston was his heart's home...He was largely occupied with church music... For a considerable period, he led the choir at the Rev. Edward E. Hale's church. This situation he resigned on account of ill health. Subsequently he sang at St. Mark's, and later at Brookline." He specialized in conducting male voice choirs. In 1854, all the eligible members [of previous groups] were brought together under the name of Orpheus... The Orpheus was the first among societies of the kind in America. Now every city boasts its club, all modeled after their prototype. Kreissmann was leader and the first tenor." Underwood mentioned that the success of later groups such as the Apollo Club was due in part to the pioneering work done by Kreissmann. (Dwight, August 2, 1879, pp. 123 and 124)
Kneisel Quartet. During their 1886-86 Season at Chickering Hall Lang played the first Boston performance of the Brahms Horn Trio Opus 40. (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 5) Then on Monday December 17, 1888 he played the Rubinstein Trio Opus 52 for piano, Violin and Cello. (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 5) Helen Henschel described the members of the group: "Kneisel himself, leader of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was a sensitive and charming person; Otto Roth, the second violin, a crazy and lovable buffoon... Otto Roth was always known to his friends as Utter Rot... Then there was Svecenski, gentle, enigmatic, very Slavonic in temperament, playing the viola like an angel; and Alwin Schroder the cellist, I think one of the finest cellists I ever heard in a quartet. He was also rather a quiet person, but crammed with humour which manifested itself in a delightful sort of deprecatory manner, and was quite irresistible... I have always envied Mr. Montgomery Sears of Boston, who in his beautiful music room, on Commonwealth Avenue, used to have the Kneisels to play to him and a dozen or so friends every Tuesday evening after dinner." (Henschel, H., p. 67)
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Lang, Benjamin. Father of B. J. Lang. Hannah B. Lang (maiden name, Learock).
July 20, 1860 census entry: age 43; born MA; resident of Ward 5, Salem; wife Hannah B. Lang, age 42; his profession-pianoforte Dealer; one daughter at home, Harriet, born in MA, age 18; one servant, Ann McKinnon, age 23, born Nova Scotia.
June 23, 1870 Census entry: age 54; Traveling Agent; born MA; wife Hannah, age 52, born MA; living in Ward 10 of Boston; five lodgers-N. W. Osborne, no occupation, age 29 and Kate Harding, no occupation, age 53 and Herbert Harding (Kate's son ?), no occupation, age 18 and Herbert Wesson, bookkeeper, age 23 and James Wesson, bookkeeper, age 25-all lodgers were born in MA; two domestic servants, both from Ireland-May Hurley, age 25 and Hellen Griscole, age 24. Benjamin Lang's real estate was worth $10,500 and his personal worth was $800.
Hannah B. Lang died on September 25, 1874 from cancer, aged 57 years, 7 months at her home, 93 Waltham Street, Boston. Her birthplace was listed as Salem as were the birthplaces of her father, John Learock and her mother, Hannah. (Death Certificate)
June 10, 1880 Census entry: age 64, widower; residence at 93 Waltham St., Boston; both of parents were born in MA; mentions that he is sick with kidney trouble; occupation, Music Teacher; six boarders-Samuel Gray, married, age 52, born N. H., Ticket Agent and his wife Sarah E. Gray, age 44, born N. H. and Charles Bacon, single, age 24, born in N. Y.,Dealer in Glassware and Julia Bacon, widow (mother of Charles ?), age 55, born in MA, at home and Eliza W. Sweet, widow, age 42, born MA, at home and Clara E. Wardell, single, age 36, born MA, at home; two servants, both single-Mary Deady, age 28, born Ireland and Jane Freer, abe 26, born Prince Edward Island.
The 1885 Boston Directory lists Benjamin Lang as having a home at 93 Waltham Street, but boarding at 112 Boylston Street which was the home of Mrs. Johnson C. Burrage. (1885 Boston Directory, p. 643)
Benjamin's Death Certificate lists the date of death as December 11, 1909, age 93, eight months after his son B. J. had died. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia, but he had been at Worcester State Hospital suffering from senile dementia for the previous twenty years. He was listed as a widower and the place of birth for his father, also a Benjamin Lang, was listed as Scotland-the place of birth of his mother was listed as unknown. His birthplace was listed as "?, ME." (Death Certificate)
The Library of Congress has a copy of a Harvest Waltz by B. Lang published c. 1850 by Oliver Ditson. In the second section, in the relative minor, he uses the "Scottish Snap" which may be a reflection of his heritage.
Lang, Miss Alice. A vocalist who sang two operatic solos and a duet with Dr. Langmaid at a charity concert in aid of "Our Dumb Animals" held November 29, 1871 (see also Mr. Dixey) (HMA Program Collection).
Langmaid, Dr. Samuel Wood. Graduated Harvard 1859. Became member of the Harvard Musical Association in 1860 and was its President from 1902-1912. "Has during the past half-century given much of his time and much of his talent as a tenor singer in the interest of the organization. In the records of dinners, Dr. Langmaid and Arthur Foote, '74, are frequently spoken of as having furnished delightful entertainment. Dr. Langmaid is president, also, of the Harvard Alumni Chorus." (Darling, p. 31) "Born in Boston in 1837... Graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1864... His speciality was throat and nose troubles... He attained widespread fame as a throat specialist and many of the world's most noted singers, and actors as well, were his patients... He was a singer of ability and sang tenor in the quartet of Trinity Church for over twenty-five years. He belonged to various musical organizations: the old-time Chickering Club, the old Parker Club, the Boylston Club, the Apollo, and the Cecilia." (HMA Bulletin No. 11) At the annual dinner held at the Parker House on January 22, 1877 Langmaid sang Hidalgo "with splendid voice and spirit" accompanied by Lang. He was then asked for an Italian song, but he demurred and the President then said "Since we can't have the Langmaid, let us have (what we were sure to insist on sooner or later) the Lang without the maid. Great laughter. Lang retired 'to get his music' - but failed to come back!!" (HMA Bulletin No. 10) In the 1888 "Clark's Boston Blue Book" their address is 129 Boyston St.
Leichtentritt, Hugo. B. Poland, Jan. 1, 1874, D. Cambridge, MA, Nov. 13, 1951. Sent to America at the age of 15 where he studied liberal arts at Harvard and music with John Knowles Paine graduating with a BA in 1894. He returned to Europe for further study: music during 1894-5 in Paris and 1895-8 in Berlin at the Hochschule fur Musik, and liberal arts at the Berlin University, 1898-1901 where he received a doctorate. After teaching in Berlin until 1933, he returned to Harvard as an instructor in music until he retired in 1940. His early years in Boston would have been 1889-1894, and he recounted them in an article "Music in Boston in the 'Nineties'" published in the December 1946 issue of "More Books" which was "The Bulletin of the Boston Public Library."
Leonhard, Hugo. d. 1879. Arrived in Boston in 1856, had studied in Leipzig; "has done much here to inspire an interest in the works of Beethoven and the other great ones, but especially of Schumann; but, alas! as it was with Schumann, so it was finally with his enthusiastic follower; his reason was beclouded, and his too short career was closed in the autumn of 1879." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 442) He often performed with Lang. In the spring of 1860 he advertised as a teacher in the "Boston Musical Times" with an address of his residence at No. 14 Hudson Street. (BMT, March 24, 1860) Whereas Lang often received special mention in the Boston Musical Times when he appeared as an assisting artist, in a review in that paper of the soirees given by Messrs. Kreissmann, Leonhard, and Eichberg, the pianist's contribution was that "Mr. Leonhard has rendered efficient assistance at the piano." (BMT, January 2, 1864, p. 21) Leonhard "often contributed to" Dwight's "Journal of Music." (Elson, Hist. Am. M., p. 314) In 1882 Leonhard was described by Elson as someone "whose piano playing was not of the greatest virtuosity of today, but was poetic and thoroughly artistic. He introduced the modern school of piano playing to Boston, and first planted the seed which bore such abundant fruit; that was the triumvirate which first led Boston to its eminence in the modern school of music - Dresel, Kreissmann and Leonhard, of whom the first only is alive now." (Elson, "Musical Boston, p. 2) Leonhard was not able to play at his "Last Piano Matinee" on Friday December 1, 1876 at 3:30PM because of his Doctor's orders, and so five of his pianist friends stepped in. The concert opened and closed with Bach Concerti for Three Pianos: the first was the Concerto in D Minor played by Lang, Perabo and Parker with Dresel playing the orchestral reduction, and the second was the Concerto in C Major played by the same personnel. Lang and Foote played the St. Saens Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for two pianos in the middle of the program, and Miss Nita Gaetano offered two groups of songs. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 2)
Leschetitzky. Paderewski was his star pupil. "Since the success of Paderewski, which was phenomenal, Leschetitsky has, in a large measure, held the position which Liszt occupied in Europe, and his influence has enabled many pianists of more or less celebrity to obtain their real start in life, - but few of them have been as well prepared by life's great lesson as Paderewski... No teacher has suffered more from misrepresentation. The 'Leschetitsky method' is talked and advertised by hundreds of his pupils who have become teachers, and each one has a different method. This can only be explained by the fact that Leschetitsky studies his pupils. He is quick to notice their deficiencies, and he applies to each some remedy for his special case. Each pupil then goes forth into the world calling that particular treatment the 'Leschetitsky method,' and applies it indiscriminately to all pupils. Leschetitsky's method is that of common sense, and is based upon keen analytical faculties... His career as a concert pianist ended with the advent of Annette Essipoff, for whose advancement he used all his influence. That influence was exercised with equal readiness after their marriage was dissolved, and he had married Eugenie Donimierska." (Lahee, p. 218-220)
Liebling, Mr. S. In 1877 he was listed as a teacher at the Boston Conservatory. (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 1) On Friday evening March 2, 1879 at 8PM at the Union hall, Liebling and Lang performed the Boston premier of Raff's Grand Fantasie for Two Pianos Opus 207. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 2) He often included some of his own piano compositions in his recitals. In 1880 a program listed him as "Herr" S. Liebling.
Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
Listemann, Bernhard. B. August 28, 1841 in Germany, and died in Chicago, February 11, 1917. Trained as a violin soloist in Germany with David (1856-57), Vieuxtemps (1861) and Joachim (1862), came to America with his brother in 1867 - spent two years in Boston - 1871-74 was concertmaster of the Theodore Thomas orchestra, and 1881-85 concertmaster of the newly formed BSO. "In 1875-79 he was leader of the Philharmonic Club of Boston, in 1879-81 of the Philharmonic Orchestra which succeeded it, and in 1881-85 of the Listemann String Quartet, of all of which he was founder and moving spirit. In 1885-93 he taught in Boston, but also kept up tours with the Listemann Concert Company. From 1893 he worked in Chicago... Before his retirement in 1911 he once lived more for two years in Boston." (Grove, AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, p. 272)
Liszt, Franz. During the summer of 1873 Amy Fay had lessons with Liszt which were probably much like the lessons that B. J. had 15 years before. She describes Liszt as "the most interesting and striking looking man imaginable. Tall and slight, with deep-set eyes, shaggy eyebrows, and long iron-gray hair, which he wears parted in the middle. His mouth turns up at the corners, which gives him a most crafty and Mephistophelean expression when he smiles, and his whole appearance and manner have a sort of Jesuitical elegance and ease. His hands are very narrow, with long and slender fingers that look as if they had twice as many joints as other people's. They are so flexible and supple that it makes you nervous to look at them... But the most extraordinary thing about Liszt is his wonderful variety of expression and the play of feature. One moment his face will look dreamy, shadowy, tragic. The next he will be insinuating, amiable, ironical, sardonic; but always the same captivating grace of manner." (Fay, pp. 205 and 206) In May 1873 she wrote: "He gives no paid lessons whatever, as he is much too grand for that, but if one has talent enough, or pleases him, he lets one come to him and play to him. I go to him every other day, but I don't play more than twice a week, as I cannot prepare so much, but I listen to the others. Up to this point there have been only four in the class besides myself, and I am the only new one. From four to six P.M. is the time when he receives his scholars." (Fay, pp. 210 and 211) Fay described her lessons: "Liszt generally walks about and smokes, and mutters (he can never be said to talk), and calls upon one or other of us to play. from time to time he will sit down and play himself where a passage does not suit him, and when he is in good spirits he makes little jests all the time. His playing was a complete revelation to me, and has given me an entirely new insight into music. You cannot conceive, without hearing him, how poetic he is, or the thousand nuances that he can throw into the simplest thing, and he is equally great on all sides... You can never ask him to play anything for you, no matter how much you're dying to hear it. if he is in the mood he will play, if not, you must content yourself with a few remarks. You cannot even offer to play yourself. You lay your notes on the table, so he can see that you want to play, and sit down. He takes a turn up and down the room, looks at the music, and if a piece interests him, he will call upon you. We bring the same piece to him but once, and but once play it through." (Fay, pp. 219 and 220)
Little, Lena. "A socially correct and also beautiful girl of about eighteen [c. 1880] - a fine contralto... Lena Little became the second of Mrs. Gardner's close women friends." (Tharp, MRS. JACK, p. 112). "Miss Little is one of Mrs. Jack's favorites and through this lady's friendship has become the accepted concert singer for that ultra swell coterie." (Ibid, p. 195) She appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on March 21, 1891 singing an aria by Gluck and songs by Brahms, Secchi and Hiller. (Musical Year Book, 1890-91, p. 11) She also appeared often with the Handel and Haydn Society: December 20, 1891 in Messiah; April 14, 1895. (History-1911)
Pratt, American Music and Musicians, p. 272.
Loeffler, Charles Martin (1861-1935). Born Alsace, American by adoption. One of Joachim's favorite pupils. Came to America, aged 20; spend remaining 54 years here. From1881-1903 first desk player with BSO, then composer "and recluse on his Massachusetts farm." (Friedberg, p. 25) He "came to Boston in 1882 not as a composer but as a professional immigrant musician to be the new assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra... Loeffler played in the Boston Symphony for twenty-one years. From 1883 until his retirement in 1903, he was featured each season as a soloist and was continually praised for his technique, musicality, and modern repertoire (including the introduction of many French works. His public debut as a composer did not come until November 1891, when he played his own work, Les veillees de l'Ukraine, with the BSO under Nikisch." (Fox, Rebellious Tradition, pp. 226 and 227)
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Grove's 1921, Vol. "M-P" facing p. 4.
MacDowell, Edward Alexander. Born in New York City December 18, 1861. "As a boy he studied the pianoforte with Juan Buitrago, a South American, and Pablo Desvernine, a Cuban, and for a brief span with Teresa Carreno, a native of Venezuela." (Grove, 1921, p. 4) Beginning in 1876 he studied in Europe?he studied piano for three years at the Paris Conservatory, then with various teachers in Germany. He started his teaching career in Darmstadt followed by a time in Frankfort as a private teacher not attached to any music school. He gave up teaching settling in Wiesbaden for four years through 1877 where his chief work was composition. He then returned to America and "settled in Boston, taught and gave concerts, producing his two pianoforte concertos with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, and the Theodore Thomas Orchestra in New York... In 1896 he was called to Columbia University in New York to fill the chair of music, a new foundation... He remained professor at the institution until January 1904, when he resigned the post because of a disagreement with the faculty touching the proper footing of music and the fine arts in the curriculum... Mr. MacDowell's career ended in the spring of 1905, when overwork and insomnia, the consequence of morbid worry over disagreeable experiences, brought on what eminent medical specialists pronounced to be a hopeless case of cerebral collapse." (Grove, 1921, p 4 and 5) According to Chadwick "B. J. Lang found him [MacDowell] very 'difficile' although I was sure his efforts were meant in all kindness. With me, MacD was very frank & companionable for a time. He and Mrs. often came to our house and we had many long walks, rides and talks together. Of others he was suspicious and shy. It was difficult to get him to commit himself on any subject except publishers and royalties. From [?] these he was absolutely convinced that we were all getting a raw deal. He disliked some of our friends, especially Arthur Whiting who was a bit too witty for him. He had a subtle vein of irony of his own, but he was very careful of its use among strangers." (6442) MacDowell had rented a small house on West Cedar Street "and at once became the fashion as a piano teacher." (Ibid) Chadwick remembered that "we would not go out among people if he could help it and was very ill at ease when he did so. It was for this reason that he resented Lang's good offices. He [Lang] tried to 'arrange' functions for him and MacD thought he wanted to pose as his discoverer. MacD really had B. J. to thank for his start for he produced his Suite (his first work) and his first Pf. Concerto at his concerto concerts and did a lot of talking. MacDowell must have cut into Lang's piano teaching more or less for he was a very facile, brilliant player and an interesting figure on the stage. At his first appearance (at a Kneisel concert) he stumbled a little as he came on stage which at once evoked the sympathy of the audience. Playing with orchestra he was rather unsteady, lacking repose, and his fingers sometimes ran away with him. I think he had not played much with orchestra before he came to America. He always hated public performance and eventually confined his programs almost entirely to his own works." (6443-44) Lang supported MacDowell by teaching his works to his pupils. At the April 3, 1888 "B. J. Lang Pianoforte Concerto-Concert" where Lang conducted an orchestra of 33, his pupil B. J. Whelpley played the solo part in MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 15. (MYB, 1887-88, p. 12) This would have been the first American performance of the complete work; Movements 2 and 3 had been played at a "Novelty Concert" in New York City on March 30, 1885, conducted by Frank Van der Stucken, Adele Margulies, pianist. MacDowell was the soloist a year later in a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance led by William Gericke on April 13, 1889.(Johnson, Firfst, pp. 225 and 226) Lang also contibuted to MacDowell's support by hiring him as a soloist for the December 4 and 10, 1888 concerts of the Apollo Club at the Music Hall where MacDowell played Berceuse - Chopin, Rhapsody No. 14 - Liszt, and his own composition, Hexentanz. (MYB 1888-89, p. 13)
Mathews, p. 127. Also have print with certificate saying published by Theodore presser, 1900..
Mason and Hamlin building. 154 Tremont Street. Warren Devenport, vocal instructor had a studio there. (Ditson, Musical Record, September 1878). The Boston Conservatory of Music led by Julius Eichberg was also located there at this time. (Ibid)
Masonic Temple. Used by the Mendelssohn Quintette Club for their concerts in the early 1850s. It was located at the corner "of Tremont Street and Tremont Place," it had three stories, and "consisted of school rooms, a Masonic Hall and a 900-seat chapel." (Dowell, p. 33)
Mechanics' Hall. Part of the building of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association. Site of B. J.'s chamber music concerts Spring 1874. "Around the 1860s and 1870s, the association's building, known as Mechanics Hall, was located at Bedford Street and Chancey Street. A new building, Mechanics Hall, was constructed for the association in 1881, on Huntington Avenue, at West Newton Street, near Copley Square... Like its predecessor, the new Mechanics Building featured an auditorium, sometimes referred to as the Grand Hall. The building was demolished in 1959." Wikepedia, February 27, 2010) Mechanics' Hall "was formerly much used for chamber concerts, but is now  principally devoted to the purposes of the association." (King, p. 231) The hall must have had an organ: "The concert at Mechanic's Hall, on Dec. 22nd, proved successful, and the entertainment was very enjoyable. Mr. Thayer presided at the organ." (Folio, February 1872)
Meionaon, The. A small hall suitable for chamber music built at the lower level of the new Tremont Temple at 78 to 86 Tremont Street. Julius Eichberg, cellist and Hugo Leonhard, pianist presented a series of concerts here in 1859, a year after Eichberg had moved from New York to Boston. (Dowell, p. 22)
Melodeon Theater at 365 Washington Street, (Dowell says 361 Washington Street, formerly the Lion Theatre, p. 25) between West and Avery Streets (Elson, National, p. 279) Site of the 1862 Gottschalk concerts that included B. J. "Melodeon Hall, where Keith's Theatre now  stands, next door to the Boston Theatre." (Ryan, p. 50) This hall was "admirable for sound." (Ryan, p. 51) The Harvard Musical Association leased a room here for it's library in the 1840s. (HMA Bulletin No. 10) In 1860 it was owned by Hon. Charles Francis Adams who had leased it for a number of years to Mr. John P. Ordway "who is determined to maintain for it an unexceptionable name and character, by introducing only first class entertainments. The Melodeon is 40 feet in height, 66 feet wide, and 86 feet in length, admirably lighted in the day by four large and twelve small windows, and in the evening by one hundred and thirty-two gas-burners; the clearest atmosphere is preserved, even when the hall is crowed, by means of four of Emerson's ventilators; and some ides of its acoustic properties may be gained when we state that even the slightest whisper may be distinctly heard in the remotest corners. the plan of seats is excellent, the aisles being sufficiently broad for two persons to walk abreast without inconvenience, while the seats themselves are wide, spacious, liberally stuffed and covered with enameled leather, the frame-work being of black walnut. The floor is carpeted with a thick matting. the size of the stage is 32 x 22, which, together with the dressing rooms, etc., is admirably fitted and furnished in every respect. (BMT, April 7, 1860, p. 58) Ryan gave the seating as 900, while Dwight claimed 1,200. (Dowell, p. 25) "In 1860 the Melodeon had a churchlike flat floor auditorium, and its balcony, which ran around three sides of the auditorium, was squared. At the back of its stage, which was more like a platform, was a large organ whose pipes surround it." (King, p. 51) However, things change: "The Melodeon, one of the prettiest and best adapted concert-halls in Boston, is about to be converted into a billiard-saloon." (BMT, September 8, 1866, p. 3) "The Melodeon had drifted along with sporadic minstrel shows and exhibitions until its closing in 1863 for repairs. From 1867 to 1878 it was the Melodeon Billiard Hall." (King, p. 56)
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, 1889, p. 295.
Ryan, facing p. 94.
Mendelssohn Quintet Club. Begun in the winter of 1849-1850, "The formation of this club for public performances was the result of a chance suggestion. The original members used to meet for private practice and enjoyment of chamber-music, when a lover of classical music pointed out to them the great benefit they might confer on many musical amateurs by giving public performances. Acting up to this suggestion they gave their first public concert at Boston in the piano-rooms of Jonas Chickering, Dec. 4, 1849, when the following program was presented:
Solo, Violin, "La melancolie" - Prume
Concertant for flute, violin, and cello - Kalliwoda
Concert for clarinet - Berr
Quintet, Op. 4 - Beethoven
The five original members of the club were:
August Fries, first violin
Francis Riha, second violin
Edward Lehman, viola and flute
Thomas Ryan, viola and clarinet
Wulf Fries, violoncello
During its long existence changes in the membership took place. Thus after the first year Riha retired, and was replaced by Carl Meisel; and, later, August Fries was replaced by William Schultze." (Ritter, pp. 332 and 333) "No winter passed for many years without from six to ten concerts at Cochituate Hall, at the Masonic temple, at Chickering's tasteful little hall, at the Meionaon, and other convenient places." This period was from 1849 to 1858. "Admitting that it was mostly the exclusive priviledge of the few, an audience seldom exceeding two hundred persons, and sometimes not half that number, yet was not the good influence sure to make itself felt in ever widening circles?" (Dwight, History of Boston, pp. 431 and 432)
Melodean. located next to the "Boston Theatre," "In 1860 the Melodeon had a churchlike flat floor auditorium, and its balcony, which ran around three sides of the auditorium, was squared. At the back of its stage, which was more like a platform, was a large organ whose pipes surround it." (King, p. 51)
"Mercantile Library, Summer Street, Boston."
From "Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion." Collection of James W. Johnston.
Mendelsson Choral Society. Dwight recorded that this choir elected Mr. Thomas Ryan of the Quintette Club as the conductor "of their exercises this summer." The work to be rehearsed was Beethoven's Mass in C in Latin. "We trust that ere long they will give us a public hearing of the same with orchestra." (Dwight, May 6, 1854, p. 39)
Mercantile Hall. Located at 32 Summer Street, Boston. (HMA Program Collection) The Mendelssohn Quintette Club concerts in the spring of 1859 were held here. (Dwight, March 5, 1859)
Monthly Musical Record (1878-1898) and Musical Record (1898+). Established by Oliver Ditson "in place of Dwight's Journal of Music... A high class magazine" which was edited by Philip Hale October 1897 until December 1900. In 1901 it was combined with the Music Review, which had begun in 1898 as a bulletin to announce new Ditson publications - the new magazine was called the Musical Record & Review. (Ayars, p. 81)
The Mozart Club. Begun "along 1860, lived a short but by no means second rate life. The personnel was composed entirely of amateurs, the concerts were semi-private, no tickets were sold and attendance was by invitation. Carl Zerrahn was the conductor." (HMA Bulletin No.15)
Winslow, facing p. 84.
Moulton, Louise Chandler. Boston poet?one of the few poets that Margaret set more than once. "For many years the centre of literary Boston has been located in the drawing-room in Mrs. Louise Chandler Moulton's house in Rutland Square. Rutland Square is in Boston's unfashionable South End, and is one of the quiet, shaded places, with the typical Boston swell-front houses, ivy-clad... She has remained steadfast in her loyalty to the home which she has occupied since the time when the South End was the fashionable quarter, before the Back Bay had been reclaimed from water and marsh... She still remains at No. 28 Rutland Square, a house that is world-famous. Thither all the best of the town, those who have achieved anything worth while in letters, in art, in science... turn their steps every Friday afternoon of the winter, for she keeps open house then. In London, where Mrs. Moulton spends every summer, she receives as she does at home... She is quite as fully appreciated over there as in her own Boston, and from a literary standpoint, even more highly rated?if that be possible?than she is in her native land... Her weekly receptions in Grosvenor Square call together all the great literary world of London... It is said of her that she has maintained on both sides of the water the nearest approach to the literary salon that is now in existence... At fourteen her first poem was accepted and printed... The name by which the public first knew her was not Louise Chandler Moulton, but Ellen Louise Chandler, although the name under which her poems and stories appeared was simply 'Ellen Louise.'" (Winslow, pp. 77-85)
View from the stage. James Henry Stark, Stranger's Guide to Boston, 1883. Wikipedia, August 8, 2013.
Walker's 1883 Map of Boston. Wikipedia, August 8. 2103.
Music Hall. Stood in Hamilton Place where Loew's Orpheum Theater is now (1955)(Baker, p. 10) - see entry for Orpheum Theatre. "The Boston Music Hall was built in 1852, after a donation of $100,000 was made by the Harvard Musical Association towards its construction. Ten years later, the members of the Association raised an additional $60,000 to install in the hall an organ built in Germany by Walker. It was regarded as the largest organ in the United States, containing 5,474 pipes and 84 registers... The organ is now in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, in Methuen, Massachusetts." ("Boston Music Hall" entry in Wikipedia.org). This entry has a picture of the room that shows two balconies in the same configuration as Symphony Hall, Boston. Dwight printed a "Letter to the Editor" signed by "E" giving more of the history of the building. He mentioned that the idea was presented at the January 1851 annual supper of the Harvard Musical Association, and that a committee was formed that night that within four weeks presented a Report that included six possible locations-the Bumstead estate being selected. He continued with a description: "The Music Hall is to be 130 feet long, 78 wide and 65 high. The lower floor level, and 78 feet square... two balconies are carried along the sides of the Hall, projecting 8 feet 6 inches from the walls... It is estimated that nearly 3,000 persons can be comfortably accommodated in this Hall-none of whom will be so placed that they cannot both hear and see the orchestra, or easily leave the Hall by some adjacent door leading into the corridors." (Dwight, April 10, 1852) Further details were printed in July, just before the opening of the Hall. Mention was made of "The corridors, which traverse the entire length of the two sides of the hall, on the three stories, giving forty-two doors of entrance to the hall." (Dwight, July 17. 1852) In November Dwight detailed the earlier efforts at building a concert hall for Boston - "The first public action taken upon the subject was at a meeting of the Council of Advice of the Boston Musical Fund Society, held at their rooms, in the old Tremont Temple, on the 27th. Day of September, 1850." Dr. J. B. Upham had requested the meeting, and a Committee of five was formed to consider the idea, but after "many meetings" where the group "had labored assiduously at their duties," their final report was negative, and "the whole matter slumbered for a time." A few months later, Dr. Upham then presented the idea to the Harvard Musical Association, whose committee presented a favorable report within a month's time. And raised the amount of $100,000 within sixty days! "About one-fourth part of this sum was given by members of this Association. Foremost in these subscriptions will long be remembered the names of Perkins, Curtis, Chickering and Apthorp, whose munificent aid, at a critical period of the work, ensured its success... Perhaps a third part of the whole was subscribed in large sums by a few persons; for the rest, there is scarcely a professional musician or amateur in Boston, who could command a spare hundred dollars (the price of a share) who is not the owner of one or more shares in our new Music Hall." (Dwight, November 13, 1852, pp. 45 and 46) A week later Dwight added that eight builders had been invited to bid on the project, but six refused when they were told that the project must be completed with in one hundred and fifty days. However, two bids were submitted, and the lower, by Mr. F. W. R. Emery was accepted, and "Mr. Emery has conducted the various works in his department with such excellent management, that they were finished in a highly satisfactory manner thirty days earlier than the appointed period." (Dwight, November 20, 1852, p. 54) The next issue had details of the Grand Opening: "The opening drew an audience of near 2500, not quite filling all the seats. Many waited, more attracted by the promise of the second night. Having easily found our way, by ample corridor and stair-case, to our seats in the first end balcony, opposite the stage, our marvel at the general beauty of the scene was not greater than that at seeing how the well-dressed multitude around us and below us kept silently and mysteriously increasing at every point, through the forty doors of floor and balconies, like spring water softly rising in its basis." Six columns of details about every aspect of decoration and then details about the music heard followed. The big choral numbers sung by a choir of 500 sounded wonderful, but the orchestral sections had less impact. However, when Alboni sang, "her large and luscious tones told upon every ear with roundness and distinctness; and certainly it cost her but the smallest effort, for she appeared more nonchalant, if possible, than is her wont... On the next (Sunday) morning, the Rev. Theodore Parker, whose voice is by no means a very strong one, was distinctly heard in every corner of the hall by an overflowing audience." Dwight ended his report: "The audience seemed delighted with the feast, of ear, and eye and soul; and, lingering in parties here and there to take a last look of the magic scene, the crowds mysteriously melted away through all the forty doors aforesaid. Commonly three minutes would suffice to empty the main hall of any crowd it could contain. We understand that about $1,000 were realized, over, expenses, to go toward an organ fund." (Dwight, November 27, 1852, pp 61-63)
Elson, THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, 1904, p. 263.
Collection of James W. Johnston.
Henry M. Dunham, THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN, p. 31.
The 1861 annual meeting of the stockholders of the Music Hall was held early in June. Receipts for the year were $10,106.98 with expenditures of $7,298.92, thus showing a profit of $2,808.06 "The old Board of Directors was re-elected as follows: J. Baxter Upham, E. D. Brigham, Eben Dale, George Derby, J. M. Fessenden, H. W. Pickering and J. P. Putnam. The President stated that the organ intended for the hall was completed, and that it would be ready to be shipped from Rotterdam next month. After discussion, it was voted to allow the Directors to bring it over at the present time or delay till next year, at their discretion." (BMT, June 15, 1861, p. 135)
Musical Fund Concerts. Ran from November 1847 until April 1855. With the addition of "that refined and classical musician Mr. George J. Webb... the great symphonies" were added to the repertoire which had mainly been lighter compositions. The concerts "were commonly given in the old Tremont Temple, then the largest hall in Boston. Public rehearsals, too, were given at a low price of admission, placing such music within the reach of all who cared for it... These Fund Concerts must have contributed essentially to the creation of a taste among our people for the music of the masters. They were continued through eight seasons; the last of which we find mention was in April, 1855, and in the new Boston Music Hall." (Dwight, History of Boston, pp. 428 and 429)
Musical Record, The. "A weekly paper of sixteen pages devoted to the interests of music in general. It is published at Boston by O. Ditson & Co., and edited by Dexter Smith. It has recently [c. 1883] been changed to a 36-page monthly, under the same management and editorship. Subscription price, $1.00 per annum. Established in 1878. Circulation, upwards of 5,000." (Jones, p. 106)
Musical Herald. "A monthly magazine of forty pages devoted to the advancement of music in all its branches, especially church music. The first number appeared in January, 1880. It is edited by Dr. E. Tourjee, assisted by Louis C. Elson, Stephen A. Emery, W. F. Sherwin and G. E. Whiting. Published by the Musical Herald Co., Boston. Subscription price, $1 per year. Circulation about 10,000. It is one of the most ably conducted journals in this country." (Jones, p. 105)
Musicians Club. "Members were some of the best known musical people of the city, including the critic William Foster Apthorp; Louis Elson... the composers Arthur Foote and John Knowles Paine; the conductor B. J. Lang; and Arthur P. Schmidt, the music publisher who brought to the world most of the best works by the Boston School." (Yellin, p. 45)
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National College of Music. According to Dwight's article of October 5, 1872, this college was founded by Thomas Ryan and located within the Tremont Temple. It's opening recital, September 24, 1872 included Lang, as a professor, playing Liszt's transcription of Weber's Polonaise in E minor, and Lang presenting three of his students, Messrs. Adams, Sumner, and Tucker in Bach's Concerto for Three Pianos in C major, with an accompaniment of string quartet. Sumner had opened the recital with the Last Movement from Mendelssohn's First Organ Sonata. This notice had appeared in Dwight's June 15, 1872 issue: "MUSICAL EDUCATION. The Mendelssohn Quintette, with Mr. B. J. Lang, and other good musicians and teachers, will open in September, here in Boston, a new 'National College of Music.' During the coming weeks, while the city is full of musical visitors, the Directors will be present at their rooms in Tremont Temple, every day, from 11 to 1 o'clock, to answer questions. A notice in the September Folio also noted: "Another marked feature of this college will be the new vocal teacher, Mr. Cirillo, secured through the agency of Mr. Howard Ticknor, who writes of him pleasantly." (Folio, September 1872) Ticknor's remarks centered on how difficult it was to find good vocalists, even in Italy. Ticknor felt that "He is upon the whole the best vocal teacher I have ever met, and he is the man of men whom I would like to bestow on Boston... If he could work in Boston for one year, I'll stake all my critical reputation that even the unskillful in such matters will recognize his rare merits." (Ibid) He then mentioned his eight years of journalism "to support the development of good taste." (Ibid) On April 15, 1873, the college gave "its first Exhibition Concert of the Pupils, closing the Spring term... The most remarkable performance of the afternoon was that of the difficult Schumann Concerto, by Miss Barton, a young pupil of Mr. Lang, whose rendering of the first movement was highly satisfactory... It was a most arduous undertaking for a young girl, and such a measure of success seems full of promise. There was al least the merit of adhering to true time in all the movements; one could trust her teacher for that, who sat at a second piano, helping out the quintet accompaniment." (Dwight, May 3, 1873, p. 14) Apthorp, a teacher of the school described its organization: "The teachers in each department look to some one definite head for guidance in the management of their various classes. The head teacher in each department [Lang in piano] has been brought up in the same school of playing or singing as the other teachers under his direction, many of whom have for some years been his own pupils and coworkers [George W. Sumner, Hiram Tucker, William Apthorp, Mr. Dixie, and J. Q. Adams- (Ryan, p. 172)], so that a pupil may begin at the lowest grade in any department and successively pass on to higher and higher grades, without being forced to adopt a new system at each successive step." (Musselman, p. 101) Unfortunately the great Boston Fire of 1872 happened just a month after the school had opened, and this forced many students to withdraw which in turn affected the financial condition of the institution which then closed at the end of its first year. (Ryan, pp. 172-173) The school did present an "Exhibition Concert of the Pupils" which represented the closing of the Spring Term on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 1873 at Tremont Temple. The students were assited by their teachers and the Mendelssohn Quintette Club. A Summer Term was advertised to begin April 21, 1873 with a "Corps of Artist Teachers" including Harmony and Composition taught by W. F. Apthorp; the voice instructors were Sig. Vincenzo Cirillo (from the Royal College of Music, Naples), Mr. Charles R. Hayden, and the Director of the school, Mr. Thomas Ryan; the piano faculty were Lang and his pupils G. W. Sumner (who was also the organ instructor). H. G. Tucker. W. F. Apthorp, and R. C. Dixey together with the members of the Mendelssohn Quintette Club: Violin, William H. Schultze and Carl Hamm; Flute and Viola, Edward Heindl; Clarinette and Viola, Thomas Ryan; and Violoncello, Rudolph Hennig. Another page of the program gave further information about the faculty. "The vocal department is so crowded with pupils that the services of two teachers additional to Signor Cirillo have become a necessity... Mr. C. R. Hayden, tenor singer, recently a graduate from Leipsic [sic] Conservatory, and for two years afterwards a student under the best singing masters in Naples, has just commenced his labors in the college... The celebrates Tosti, known throughout Italy as a finishing teacher for the opera, in Rome and Naples, has been secured, and may be expected next term (HMA Program Collection).
Henry M. Dunham, THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN, p. 41.
Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
From KING'S HANDBOOK OF BOSTON, 1878, p. 47.
The Conservatory took over this building in 1882.
"Franklin Square House, Hotel for Young Women." Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, Me. Made in Germany.
It was first built in 1868 as the elegant Saint James Hotel "with four hundred rooms and a steam-powered elevator. Seven stories in height, with a domed center pavilion and flanking wings with corner quoining;" later it later became the New England Conservatory, and later still "was remodeled for the Franklin Square House, a non-profit women's residence, after the Conservatory moved to Back Bay. Today,  the Franklin Square House is a senior citizens' apartment building." (Sammarco, p. 55)
New England Conservatory. "On Monday, February 18, 1867, the New England Conservatory of Music opened its first classes in the Music Hall building, Boston. [Wiki article of 11/3/11 says the school "consisted of seven rooms rented above Music Hall off Tremont Street in downtown Boston]: Its directors were Messrs. Eben Tourjee, who had previously used the class system of instruction in music at the East Greenwich Musical Institute, and at the Musical Institute in Providence, R. I.; and Robert Goldbeck, a New York pianist and composer. In 1868 Mr. Goldbeck went to Chicago, and the directorship was assumed by Dr. Tourjee alone. The instructors were announced as follows: Pianoforte, Otto Dresel, B. J. Lang, Ernst Perabo, S. A. Emery, Robert Goldbeck; harmony and composition, Messrs. Goldbeck and Emery; instrumentation, Carl Zerrahn; vocal culture, Signor Dama, Messrs. Zerrahn and Tourjee; organ, S. P. Tuckerman, G. E. Whiting; violin, W. H. Schultze; violincello, Wulf Fries; contrabass, August Stein. Opening thus with a faculty composed of foremost musicians of the day, and offering advantages which the directors intended to be equal in rank with those of the renowned conservatories of Leipsic, Paris, Stuttgart, Prague, and others, the new institution at once secured a large enrollment of pupils. In 1870 it was duly incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts. In that year the first class was graduated... In 1882, the Conservatory having outgrown its quarters in Music Hall, the St. James Hotel in Franklin Square was purchased and converted to the uses of a music school. Dr. Tourjee died in 1891, and was succeeded in the directorship by Carl Faelten." (Goodrich, p. 89) A year later, the February 1868 Catalog listed eleven piano instructors?two from the previous year had left and eight new instructors had joined the department. the February 1869 catalog listed all of the current pupils among whom were Jeanie Burrage and Ruth Burrage?their instructors were not listed. This same catalog listed the "Whole Number of Pupils for the year ending February 15, 1868" as 1414," while the "Whole Number of Pupils for the year ending February 10, 1869" was 1827. This gave a "Total attendance at the Conservatory in two years" of 3241. (NEC Catalogs, BPL) By 1877 Lang pupils William F. Apthorp, Arthur W. Foote, Hiram G. Tucker (and possible pupil Fred. H. Lewis) had joined as piano instructors in a department which now numbered twenty-one teachers. By 1901 nither Lang nor his pupils were connected with NEC. The tuition at that time was: $10 for a class of four, two lessons per week, per term of nine or ten weeks, elementary level; $20 for a class of three, intermediate level; $27 for a class of three, advanced level; other studies, Conducting Composition, harmony, Score Reading, etc. had extra charges of from to $25 per term. (Ibid)
Mathews, p. 159.
In a program from the Boston Music Hall of September 1869 the following was was advertised: "The Fall term of the New England Conservatory of Music (located in this building) begins Sept. 13th, 14th and 15th. Pupils received and classified on and after Aug. 30th. Tuition $10 or $15 per quarter of ten weeks, according to study and grade." (HMA Program Collection-Sept. 11, 1869 Lang Organ recital) Henry Dunham described the Conservatory as occupying "the three upper floors of the western side of the Music Hall building. The entrance to the Music Hall and the Conservatory were side by side at the end of an alleyway extending for some little distance off Winter Street." (Dunham, p. 49) Another source stated that the school "consisted of seven rooms rented above" the Music Hall..."In 1870 it moved to the former St. James Hotel in Franklin Square in the South End." (Wiki. article, August 22, 2011) A one page ad in a program from the Music Hall of 1872 called the Conservatory "THE LARGEST MUSIC SCHOOL IN THE WORLD." The ad went on to say that it was "Established upon identical principles with the celebrated Conservatories of Europe, and in many respects offering even greater advantages than they, receives beginners and pupils in every stage of proficiency, and affords the instructions of the most eminent masters at less rates of tuition than any similar institution in this country... A beautiful three-manual Pipe Organ has been constructed with special reference to the requirements of its classes, by Messrs. E. & G. G. Hook and Hastings. Organ practice free." The ad also noted that there were "Frequent Concerts by leading artists, orchestral and organ Recitals, Lectures, Instruction in Singing and in harmony, and the use of a fine Musical Library, are among the many advantages enjoyed by its pupils, without extra charge." There were four terms per year: "FALL TERM open Monday, September 16, 1872. WINTER TERM open Monday, November 25, 1872. SPRING TERM opens Monday, February 10, 1873. SUMMER TERM opens Monday, April 21, 1873 (HMA Program Collection). Among the concerts were faculty recitals. "Perhaps [one of] the most attractive features of the conservatory here, as well as among the most improving to the pupils, are the private concerts given by the teachers. Yesterday was given what was numbered as the thirty-first concert of the New England Conservatory, at Chickering's Hall. The performers were Messrs. Lang and Fries, and Miss Annie M. Granger; the entertainment, short as it was, was peculiarly interesting and artistic. The gentlemen played Mendelssohn's Sonata in D for piano and violincello, with great spirit and delicacy of rendering. Mr. Lang gave with the same finish a scherzo of Chopin; and, instead of three as the programme indicated, one caprice of his own composition. If the suppressed two are as attractive as the one performed, it was a pity the audience should have been deprived of them." (Boston Daily Advertiser, Saturday Morning, January 30, 1869. p. 1) In the fall of 1878 the Conservatory was advertising that it was the "Largest Music School in the World" having taught 18,000 pupils since its beginning eleven years ago in 1867. Tourjee still headed the school and it was still located in the Boston Music Hall. (Ditson, Musical Record, September 7, 1878) Chadwick recorded when Carl Faelten was named Director [1891?], "at first everything went along well but before long trouble began to develop which culminated in 1897 [when Chadwick was named Director]." (6461) Faelten joined the St. Botolph Club on Novemeber 30, 1894, and was still a member in 1905. (1905 membership List, p. 32)
Newspaper and magazine critics.
Atlantic Monthly - William Foster Apthorp: 1872-1877
Boston Daily Advertiser. Began 1813 - ceased 1929. 20 Court Street (Wikipedia, June 5, 2010)
Wikipedia, June 12, 2010: Boston Advertiser building c. 1872 from Edward Stanwood, Boston Illustrated. 1872.
Wikipedia, June 12, 2010: Edward Stanwood, Boston Illustrated, 1886.
In January of 1869 The Boston Daily Advertiser was a paper of four pages which cost four cents per issue. Each page was nine columns wide (23 inches) and 32 inches high. When the paper was opened to read the two inner pages, the reader was holding a sheet 46 inches wide! The entertainment ads were found on the first page, left a hand column, and these usually filled the entire column. Any comments or reviews were found in the column beside, usually beginning about half way down the page. E. H. Clement probably did the music reviews, although they were unsigned. (Johnston Collection)
Boston Evening Transcript (Boston) - Founded in July 1830 - ceased publication April 30, 1941. William Foster Apthorp: 1881-1903.
The Boston Transcript building rebuilt and enlarged after the Great Fire of 1872.
Wikipedia, June 12, 2010: King's Handbook of Boston, 1881.
Courier (Boston) - William Foster Apthorp
Boston Globe - Originally begun in 1872 "as an independent four-cent morning paper, aiming at a high literary character," it was reorganized in 1878 and became a two-cent paper with Morning, Evening, and Sunday editions. Within six years the circulation went from under 10,000 to 50,000, and by 1889 "the figures for the daily edition were 147,382, and the Sunday 143,592... Throwing off all conservatism of the older papers, the Globe has hesitated at no legitimate and proper scheme to interest and please the masses." (Grieve, pp. 104 and 105) Its building at "Nos. 236 and 238 Washington Street,is large and unpretentious, extending through to Devonshire Street. It was formerly occupied by The Boston Transcript... It has a large corps of special correspondents throughout New England, and at leading centres throughout the United States." (King, p. 149)
Boston Herald - Began in 1846.
Wikipedia, June 13, 2010. Building at 255 Washington Street, built 1878. From King's Handbook of Boston, 1881.
Boston Journal. Began 1833 - merged with the Boston Herald October 1917. 264 Washington Street.
Boston Post. Founded in 1831, by the 1930s it "had grown to be one of the largest newspapers in the country, with a circulation of well over a million readers." It closed in 1956. The music critic Olin Downes wrote for this paper. (Wikipedia, June 5, 2010)
Boston Post Building, 15-17 Milk Street, King's Handbook of Boston, 1881, p. 146.
Journal of Music: John Sullivan Dwight
c. 1900 GG Co. #2307: Johnston Collection.
Postcard of an autographed photo done by Dreyfoos in New York - the card was printed in Germany. Johnston Collection.
Nikisch, Arthur. Leichtentritt described the BSO audience of the early 1890s as being "Boston's most exclusive society, the residents of Back Bay, with additional forces from Brookline and Cambridge [who] set the tone. In this festive assembly of dignified ladies and gentlemen, the socially unimportant little music lovers in the second balcony and the standing room [of which, as an undergraduate at Harvard, he was one] only served to heighten by contrast the general picture of rank, wealth, and proud self-consciousness. Arthur Nikisch, the conductor, seemed to be especially created for this Boston Symphony audience. The handsome man with his raven-black hair and artistically shaped beard, the pallor that made his face even more romantic, his slim figure with its perfectly tailored dress suit, was elegance itself. As he raised his fine hand, overshadowed by broad snow-white cuffs, with an inimitable wave and the most graceful bend of the wrist, with a nonchalantly protruding little finger crowned by a sparkling diamond ring, and as his long, tapering baton gave the sign for the orchestra, one could feel in the air the pent-up admiration of the ladies - one almost expected a loud acclamation of bravos and enthusiastic applause. The faux-pas was, however, averted at the last moment by the sounds emanating from the orchestra. So far Nikisch might have been taken for a Hungarian count, a fascinating hero of the salon. But as his baton seemed to draw the music out of the instruments - now caressing, now beseeching, now commanding - he was transformed into a true artist, a musician filled with the ecstasy of the creator, and at the grand climaxes he carried the orchestra away to an irresistibly brilliant dash, a frenzy of passion that never missed in its effect on the audience. With his wonderfully keen sense of orchestral color Nikisch often produced real marvels of sound. Later in Berlin I heard him conduct for more than twenty years and became well acquainted with his art; he did everything with his admirable musical instinct, not with an effort of intellectual insight. His performances were not the result of carefully prepared study - he was notoriously lazy - but were improvised on the spur of the moment." (Leichtentritt, p. 368) When "Mr. Arthur Nikisch came [to the BSO] he found an orchestra already drilled and disciplined, and abounding in excellent material [the results of the work of Wilhelm Gericke]. The new conductor is a Hungarian by birth, with all that nationality's characteristics of temperament, though at the conductor's desk he is seemingly as impassive as the sphinx. His greatest success has been won in his readings of the modern school rather than of the classic, and while unquestionably there are some who may regret the absence of the intellectual interpretations of the Gericke regime, still the work of the orchestra has been more popular since Mr. Nikisch took the baton." (Upton, "Musical Societies," p. 81) He was thirty-three years old when he came to Boston. "Nikisch was hypnotic, a poised Svengali with fathomless eyes. 'He does not really conduct,' Tchaikovsky later testified. 'He resigns himself to a magical enchantment. '...In America, Nikisch's significance was instantly appreciated. W. J. Henderson of the New York Times traveled to Boston to attend his American debut, on October 11, 1889. Henderson's first impressions confirm precisely with the great reputation Nikisch would later establish in Berlin." (Horowitz, pp. 56 and 57). Whereas all of the New York critics were enthusiastic about Nikisch, in Boston, the critical opinion was divided. Concerning a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Philip Hale and William Apthorp, although coming from differing critical camps, both found points of interest in the new conductor's performance whereas Warren Davenport, writing in the Boston Herald found the performance "peculiar," without "repose," and generally a "vulgar display of noise." (Horowitz, pp. 58 and 59) George Chadwick recorded: "In the fall of 1889 Arthur Nikisch came to Boston to conduct the Symphony concerts. He had exchanged 8,000 Marks as first Capellmeister in Leipzig for $8,000 in Boston. He brought his family with him and settled in Mrs. Scully's house on High Street in Brookline. He was pleased with everything, very amiable and gracious to everybody, complimentary to the orchestra and everybody thought he would be an improvement on the humdrum Gericke. At the first concert his magnetic, personal control of the orchestra was at once demonstrated. Besides his uncanny repose, his carefully disordered hair, and his expansive cuffs, proclaimed at once to the susceptible the man of genius. The new broom swept very clean for a little while, but before very long we began to hear some queer tempi in familiar classic works, inner parts of small importance inflated to twice their natural size, and other innovations which made things different but not better. He instituted the custom of having a 'general probe' on Wednesday mornings at which only reading of new works was done. The orchestra began to suspect, that with his marvelous memory this saved a good deal of study on his part...But when he was in the mood Nikisch could be a worse martinet than Gericke. His free and easy methods never prevented his giv[ing] a great performance when he was interested or in the mood, and the orchestra was very quick to catch his spirit.. To the Boston composers he was amiability itself but he never put any of their works on the program until he had played them through." [Seems like a good policy] (6446-6647) "In subsequent seasons Nikisch continued to split Boston opinion. Many an Apthorp review conveyed the thrill of new experience... But Nikisch's special enthusiasms-for Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky-were not those of Philip Hale... Nikisch departed Boston after four years-one season before the expiration of his contract" to a further career as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras (Horowitz, pp. 60 and 61) Chadwick felt that Hale had "fairly summed up" Nikisch's conducting style in an article in the "Musical Year Book." Hale had written: "As a conductor he was a man of emotional nature, and his emotion was dangerously near hysteria. In the reading on compositions of the so called classical school he would sweep brilliantly before him, but was apt to include the music in his sweeping. The orchestra under his direction lost in precision, elegance in detail and there was seldom present an idea of reserve force," and to this Chadwick added, "but they did gain in elasticity and brilliancy whenever Nikisch took it in his head to require it." (6450) A newspaper article of the time reported: "Many rumors have gone abroad regarding the cause of Mr. Nikisch's resignation. Among them is one that the music critics of Boston had made the position irksome to him, by reason of their unfavorable attitude towards his eccentricities as a conductor, and that he could bear it no longer. this of course, is absurd, for he has proclaimed that he has no time to read criticisms, that he is ignorant of what they may say of him, and consequently cannot be either pained or pleased by them." (Undated and unsigned article, courtesy of the Boston Symphony orchestra Archive") Artur Foote wrote of the "remarkable memory of Nikisch. When he first came to Boston he conducted everything without score: later, with twenty-four different programs each season, he gave this up. In 1891 he conducted from memory a MS. suite of mine, and probably never thought of it again. But when I called on him in London, four years later, he said, 'You remember that suite we played?' and, sitting down at the paino, went through the first movement. I could hardly have played four measures of it. An extraordinarily gifted man he was: at [the] sight of me the tune came right into his head." (Foote, Auto., p. 111)
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Odd Fellows' Building. 515 Tremont Street. Eugene Thayer's organ studio in this building contained "one of the finest Church organs in American. Terms from $40 to $60 per Quarter, with advantages never before offered to Organ Students [?]." Another note in the same issue said that "Organists visiting Boston will always find a pleasant welcome at the elegant studio of Eugene Thayer, Tremont, corner of Berkeley Street." (Ditson. Musical Record, Fall 1878)
Orchestras - "According to W. S. B. Mathews, the first real symphonic ensemble in America to play great music of European composers regularly was that formed in Boston by the German oboist Gottlieb Graupner in 1810 and lasting to 1824, a 'Philharmonic Society,' (a generic title given to innumerable short-lived groups in various cities during those times). Graupner had played in Haydn's orchestra in London, and the Bostonians, primarily European emigres like himself, played mostly Haydn symphonies (Beethoven was as yet a more advanced taste)... Graupner, together with Thomas Smith Webb and Asa Peabody, also organized America's first enduring performing ensemble, the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, founded in 1815, and still going strong." (Grant, pp.33 and 34) See The Musical Fund Concerts: Nov. 1847-Apr. 1855. George J. Webb.
Philharmonic Society. This group gave its "first concert December 9, 1843, under the leadership of J. G. Jones, presented for several seasons popular music but nothing better." (HMA Bulletin No. 7, p. 6)
The HMA sponsored a chamber music series beginning in 1844. R. E. Apthorp was part of the group that "were authorized to 'make such arrangements as they might deem necessary for carrying into effect the proposed plan for a series of Chamber Concerts to be given under the patronage of the Association'... The concerts were given in the 'music room' of Jonas Chickering at 334 Washington Street [provided by him without charge], the dates being November 13, 26, December 10, 31, 1844." The programs balanced pieces which would appeal to the "popular as well as to cultivated taste." A string quartet played these four programs for a total cost of $124 (which included extra payments for those who had played solos. 150 sets of tickets (these seating of the concert room) were sold at $2.00 for the series, and they made a profit which led to offering another series in January and February of the next year, 1845. A final series was given in December 1849, this time at Cochituate Hall, opposite Kings Chapel, which seated 300. (HMA Bulletin No. 7, pp. 6 through 10)
Germania Musical Society: Apr. 1849-1854. Carl Lenschow, then Carl Bergmann. See separate entry.
Small Occasional Orchestra: "Was made up by some of the musicians ('the cream of the Musical Fund,' several of the disbanded Germania, and the Mendelssohn Quintette Club), which gave cheap afternoon concerts, combining symphony and lighter things in fair proportions. These concerts, easily given, inexpensive, very moderately remunerative to the musicians, were kept alive through periods when all else failed. Indeed, a series of them was given every year down to the spring of 1868." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 440)
Philharmonic Orchestra: 1855-1863 54 members. Carl Zerrahn (flutist with Germania). Dwight says these concerts began in 1857, and that they kept "alive the interest in classical symphony-music, relieved by lighter or more brilliant works, and introducing not a little that was new. To him we were indebted for our best privileges in this kind, almost steadily until the spring of 1863. Then the nation was in the middle of the great war, and subscriptions naturally fell off." (Dwight, History of Bostron, p. 440) Lang was the soloist in the third concert of the 1860 season playing W. S. Bennett's Capriccio for piano and orchestra and the piano part in Beethoven's Choral Fantasia. Dwight wrote that "The Capriccio, which Mr. Lang played, and played so well, is of this chacter; graceful, fluent, florid, pervaded by a shadowy beauty; much finer as heard now with the orchestra, than last year with quartet accompaniment, but still not greatly impressive; a delicate leaf from the album of an artistic quietist." (Dwight, February 18, 1860, p. 374) Of the Beethoven Dwight recorded that the performance "made a most delightful impression; and the choral portion, finely given by the Handel and Haydn, had to be repeated... Mr. Lang acquitted himself of his difficult and delicate task at the piano most successfully; he had remarkable ease and skill of execution already; he has gained greatly in artistic feeling and fine apppreciation of his [this] composer." (Op. cit., p. 375) In March 1860 Dwight wrote that "this fourth Concert of the season would be Mr. Zerrahn's last attempt to provide great orchestral music for a so-called 'musical' city, which has so poorly patronized these opportunities for three or four years past... The Symphony [Beethoven's Seventh] was rendered with the usual excellence by the orchestra of forty-not perfectly, to be sure...but with much verve and spirit; and there was every evidence that it was enjoyed particularly well." Dwight, March 10, 1860, p. ???) However, this was not to be the Philharmonic's last performance; it was reorganized in June 1860 under the name of "A Boston Philharmonic Society" with Thomas Ryan as President. (Dwight, June 9, 1860, p. 86) But, by early 1862 the effects of the Civil War had thinned the ranks of the group, and Dwight thanked "Carl Zerrahn for gathering up such forces as were left, and organizing them to such good purpose, so that we still may not altogether lack the refreshment of orchestral music, nor forget the sound of Beethoven and Mozart... Our conductor had collected not so bad an orchestra after all. It numbered thirty-five or forty instruments; with six first and six second violins-the seconds, however, by no means relatively so efficient as the first. There was but one bassoon, and he a new one, with a violoncello for his mate. The other wind parts were reasonably well filled; some of them very well." (Dwight, January 18, 1862, p. 334) In Dwight's "Review of the Season" 1861-62, he mentioned that the Philharmonic "has necessarily been small, though scarcely smaller than during several past years. Forty instruments has been the complement of the Philharmonic band;-too weak in quantity of strings for the full effect of a Beethoven Symphony, but yet so fair in quality as to recall those works to us with no small edification." (Dwight, June 14, 1862, p. 86) Dwight was unhappy with a Philharmonic concert early in 1863 that did not include a symphony, but instead featured a "wonder child," Teresa Carreno. "The accustomed Symphony-about as indispensable to a Philharmonic concert as the altar at the junction of the nave and transept to a cathedral-was pushed out." However, Dwight did have to admit that this program drew a large audience, and Carreno played "marvelously well for a child." (Dwight, January 31, 1863, p. 350)
Boston Mozart Club. Dwight recorded the founding of this amateur group in January 1861 noting that the officers were "names well known in the community... The Club meets every Monday evening at the Piano Warerooms of Messrs. Hallett & Cumston, 339 Washington Street." (Dwight, January 12, 1861, p. 335) On Monday evening, April 23, 1862 at the "Fourth and Last Social orchestral Entertainment" presented "To the Associate and Honorary Members" at Mercantile Hall on Summer Street, this group, conducted by Carl Zerrahn performed the Symphony in D Major by Mozart together with two vocal solos by "A Lady Amateur." (HMA Program Collection) This group existed from 1860-1864. (Boston Musical Year Book, Vol. 1, 1883-84, p. 57)
Harvard Musical Association Orchestra: 1866-1882. Carl Zerrahn. First proposed at the January 1865 annual dinner of the Association.
Through the efforts of Mr. Percival Gassett, The Boston Orchestra Club was organized in October 1884 "to furnish amateurs and young professionals of both sexes opportunity for the practice of orchestral music. Mr. Bernard Listemann conducted the weekly rehearsal and the three concerts given before its associate members." (BMYB, 1884-85, p. 56) Mr. Gassett was a member of the First Violin Section.
Philharmonic Orchestra: 1879 became the Philharmonic Society in 1880. The program for the opening concert on October 24, 1879 had a one-page introduction of this new group. "THE BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA has been recently organized to meet the wants of a permanent Orchestra in Boston - a want too generally admitted to call for further comment. The new organization has for its conductor BERNARD LISTEMANN, and counts among its members the very best performers of the HARVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The plans of the new organization for the coming season include a series of five popular Symphony Concerts, at Boston Music Hall, on the evenings of Friday, October 24th, November 7th and 21st, and December 5th, and Saturday afternoon, December 13th. Subscription tickets, with reserved seats for the five concerts, @.50 each; single reserved seats for each concert, 75 cents; admission tickets, 50 cents, and packages of five admission tickets, $2.00. The programme of these concerts, though of a popular character, will be made up with a view of presenting a good variety of compositions, in which modern works of acknowledged ability will find a prominent position... Accomplished Vocal and Instrumental Soloists will contribute to each programme. The Orchestra is open for Concerts, and other engagements, for the coming season, and further particulars can be had upon inquiry at the Music Hall office, where a subscription sheet for the Concerts is now open" (HMA Program Collection). The debut concert on Friday evening, October 24, 1879 presented a group of only "32 instruments-4 first violins, 2 'cellos and 2 basses." (Dwight, November 8, 1879, p. 181) Dwight's review of the "second of these concerts" [second season] given at the newly opened Tremont Temple on Tuesday, October 12, 1880 mentions an orchestra "of forty instruments." (Dwight, October 23, 1880, p. 174) A month later Dwight wrote of "Listerman's thoroughly drilled and excellent orchestra" who play to an audience that was "large and evidently well pleased." (Dwight, November 20, 1880, p. 190) Bernhard Listemann had been the former concertmaster of the Thomas Orchestra.
In April 1881 The Musical Herald reported the formation of the "Philharmonic Society of Boston" which was incorporated to "procure the best performances of orchestral music." J. K. Paine was the President, Oliver Ames the Treasurer, and there were 12 corporators. (Musical Herald, April 1881, p. 79) In July 1881 the officers were Luther H. Wightman-Clerk, Oliver Ames-Treasurer, and among the 23 directors were J. K. Paine, George L. Osgood, Julius Eichberg, John Orth, B. E. Woolf, S. A. Emery, W. J. Winch, G. W. Chadwick, in order words many well known men of musical and business background. This new orchestra gave its first concert on March 10, 1881 with a program that was "a rather heavy feast for the genral public, but highly interesting for musicians. The orchestra did not differ much from that of the Harvard Association, and was composed of some members of the old Philharmonic, with some notable additions to the strings. The orchestral work was excellent, the effect of the rehearsals being very apparent. (Musical Herald, April 1881, p. 78) However, "In January 1882, the Boston Philharmonic Society offered its baton to Theodore Thomas, but Thomas elected to relinquish Boston to Higginson: he would no longer tour New England. The Philharmonic Society folded. The Harvard Musical Association terminated its concerts." (Horowitz, p. 50) The 1883-84 Boston Musical Year Book noted that "The 'Philharmonic Society' gave three seasons of symphony concerts from 1880-81, under conductors Mr. B. Listermann, Dr. Louis Maas, and Mr. Carl Zerrahn. During the season preceding the establishment of the Philharmonic Society, Mr. Listermann gave a series of Symphony Concerts with an orchestra called the 'Philharmonic.'" (BMYB Vol 1, p. 58) On December 19, 1882 Lang was the soloist with the Philharmonic Society of Boston, conducted by Carl Zerrahn in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. For the 1890-91 Season "The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (sixty players), Mr. B. Listemann, Conductor; Ch. C. Parkyn, Manager, gave seventeen Sunday-evening concerts at the Boston Theatre." Ten works were given for the first time in Boston, but only one was by an America composer - Gavotte for Strings by Arthur Bird. (MYB 1890-91, pp. 23 and 24)
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In the Boston Daily Advertiser of Saturday Morning, January 10, 1891 both the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra were advertising their concerts. The BSO had Nikisch as its conductor and its concertmaster, Timothie Adamowski as the soloist in Wieniaski's Concerto in D Minor, while the BPO's conductor was Bernard Listermann and the soloists were Miss May A. Bosley, contralto and Mr. William Sherman, pianist. The ad said: both "will have solo numbers." (Johnston Collection) The BSO played on Frafternoon and Saturday night at the Music Hall while the BPO played Sunday night at the Boston Theatre.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 1881. Chadwick wrote: "The new Symphony orchestra under Mr. Henschel was really our same old H. M. A. orchestra with local additions. They had plenty of time to rehearse carefully but had been playing so long in the old domestic, happy go lucky (or unhappy) was without any real standard that no conductor could have made them into anything but a mediocre organization. Certainly not Henschel who, though very enthusiastic, had no idea of orchestral discipline. Further than to get notes right, it did not take long for the old stagers to find this out, with the result that Georg was in hot water most of the time...He was a good a good program maker of the classic type. He drew the line at dance music but played several of the overtures by Auber. There was plenty of Wagner, Liszt and Berlioz, and of course Brahms, but otherwise not many novelties... Tchaikovsky and Franck had not yet made their appearance." (6357 and 58)
Orchestral Union. c. 1861-1873. Ryan wrote: "The orchestral Union was made up from our best musicians - about forty in number - Carl Zerrahn being the director. The concerts were held in the Music Hall on Wednesday afternoons only. The entrance fee was modest. Programmes were of mixed music: an overture, symphony, waltz, characteristic pieces, and opera selections. The great organ in Music Hall was built about the time the Union began their concerts. Our best organists were invited in turn to play organ solos at each concert. The Union existed about ten years, then ended its life for lack of support." (Ryan, recollections, p. 102) In 1859 Dwight mentioned that the size of this orchestra "was about one half of the Saturday evenings [Philharmonic-fifty instruments: Dwight, same issue]-but quite an efficient one-four first violins, four second, two bassos, and so on:" both groups were conducted by Zerrahn. (Dwight, February 12, 1859, p. 366) In April 1860 the "Boston Musical Times" reported that "The twenty-second of the Afternoon Concerts, by the orchestral Union, was given on Wednesday afternoon. Their success grows greater as the season advances. Why can't they be continued throughout the summer?" (BMT, April 7, 1860, p. 55) Also in April 1860 Dwight recorded that the Orchestral Union had just played their "twenty-fourth and last of the Wednesday Afternoon Concerts... These concerts have done us one great service this winter... The audience this time was very large, so that late comers could not drop into seats without some searching. This would seem to show that the 'Union' are leaving off just as the tide is turning in their favor." (Dwight, April 21, 1860, p. 31) A typical program is reflected in the selections chosen for the First Concert of their Seventh Season of Concerts at the Music Hall held on February 27, 1861:
Two-Part Song arr. for two cornet-a-pistons - Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 1 - Beethoven
Overture Tannhauser - Wagner
New Waltz Forget Me Not - Zerrahn
Miserere from Il Trovatore - Verdi
Gallop Marseillaise - Lumbye
"A new and happy feature in these programmes is the place assigned the Symphony-at the end of the first part. We trust this satisfied both those who cavil at playing the Symphony first, on account of the interruption caused by the slamming of doors of late comers, (and late comers are not the only door-slammers), and that other few whose classical ears are offended by a genial, flowing waltz of Strauss, or a clever potpourri of operatic selections, and therefore cannot sit through their performance and wait for the Symphony at the end of the concert. The orchestra is composed of about the same performers as last season, under the direction of Mr. Zerrahn. (BMT, March 9, 1861, p. 21) Tickets were 25 cents each on the day, or packages of six tickets could be bought for $1 and used "at pleasure." (BMT, February 23, 1861, p. 12) On Wednesday, March 27, 1861, "Mr. B. J. Lang, the distinguished Pianist, who will perform a Grand Concerto by Mozart," the Concerto in E flat which ended the first half of this afternoon concert. (HMA, Program Collection) Later that same year the Union joined with the Germania Band to give Saturday Evening Concerts, but after the second attempt proved to be a "disastrous failure, pecuniarily," the effort was discontinued. "It is impossible to get the public to listen arrectis auribus to anything of a symphonic character now-a-days, so that our city musicians are compelled to enlist in the regimental bands, if they have not been fortunate enough to lay by something for a rainy day. We hope better times are in store for them." (BMT, June 15, 1861, p. 135) However, less than nine months later it was reported that "The 'Union' has been on the crest of the wave of success for nine weeks, and the crest exhibits no signs of breaking yet." The hall was full; but there was still too much "buzzing of busy tongues" of the young girls; however, "the programmes are unusually excellent;"... "May a Union affording so much happiness [during this time of war], and doing so much musical good, ever be preserved." (BMT, April 5, 1862) A month later it was reported that the season was drawing to a close. Fourteen performances had been given by this "small but clever orchestra" with two more remaining, but before those last concerts, the Music Hall would be taken over by a "horse tamer... We made some reference to this turning the Music Hall into a stable a year ago, and it is unnecessary to reiterate our sentiments then expressed." The article ended with a plea to have these concerts held "all the year round." (BMT, May 3, 1862, p. 39) A final notice concerning the season of sixteen concerts rated them "all good-hardly a choice between any one or two or three-though the last equaled any earlier one." The comment was made that several regular players were missing due to visits to the fatherland or having to take part in various military bands-this being the time of the Civil War. "But we are very sure that the familiar faces will return, and that another season will bring the same pleasant concert, (with the increasing quiet, we may hope), and the good instruction and love of good music they inculcate." (BMT, June 7, 1862, p. 55) An effort to have summer Promenade Concerts was begun on July 12, 1862 at the Music Hall with Carl Zerrahn conducting an orchestra where the "Germania Band" formed the nucleus. Popular music of the Jullien School will have full exposition, and this with the Operatic Pot-pourris and military music, for which the Germanias are celebrated, cannot fail to attract large and brilliant audiences." (BMT, June 7, 1862, p. 55) This orchestra must have had a large segment of Orchestral Union players, as a notice from early September referred to the Promenade Concerts of the Orchestral Union. In the end these concerts did not prove to be popular, and the musicians "did not care to 'pipe for nothing' any longer... The orchestra was composed of the best of the musicians now in the city, and the programmes were happily selected." But few people were willing to promenade - "A few couple would sail round the hall once or twice, and then, as if frightened at their own boldness, relapse into the galleries... But it is one of the unaccountable things of this world why the Germania Band of the Orchestral Union are less successful, pecuniarily, with promenade concerts, than other organizations with more clap-trap and less merit." (BMT, September 6, 1862, pp. 101 and 102) However, six months later the report was that the Wednesday afternoon concerts at the "Music Hall are more interesting than ever... The orchestra plays with all that delicacy and precision which is a characteristic of their performances, and in which they cannot be excelled by any company of musicians in America." (BMT, January 3, 1863, p. 166) The audience was attentive as "the army has absorbed a multitude of the young and thoughtless who, in years gone by, have made themselves so conspicuous, and the passage of the corridors so perilous," (Ibid) In April the end of the season was reported: the concerts "have provided a delightful series of entertainments, have been liberally patronized and have heightened the musical culture of our city. Inexpensive, admirably planned, judiciously carried out and popularized by a variety of combined influences, it is not strange that a general regret should prevail upon their retirement for the season, and a general desire spring up that they may institute Summer evening entertainments." (BMT, April 4, 1863, p. 21) This season of concerts had been given at the Boston Theatre. At the final concert, "the house was crowded from top to bottom, and hundreds were forced to stand in the lobbies and aisles. The occasion being musical, and the price of admission trifling, many who have thought it wrong to go to the theatre embraced their first opportunity for seeing the interior of the building." (BMT, May 2, 1863, p. 37)
Early in January 1864 a new season [10th.] was announced for the Music Hall, and as an added feature the new "Great Organ is [to be] employed at each concert, and skillful artists succeed each other in displaying its powers. Owing to the increased cost of all musical material, the price of tickets has been raised to fifty cents." (BMT, January 2, 1864, p. 21) In April of that year it was reported: "The Wednesday Afternoon Concerts of the Orchestral Union have succeeded, even at the advanced prices, beyond their most sanguine expectations. Indeed they have always drawn full houses. The programmes are very well selected, though the general public would fancy a trifle more of lighter music. The audiences have been extremely mannerly and quiet this season, the change in the back balcony precluding noisy running, flirting and the like on the part of those who go for other objects beside the enjoyment of good music. Our best organists, Lang, Willcox, Thayer, Tuckerman, Parker, Mrs. Frohock, and the rest, take turns in officiating at these concerts." (BMT, April 2, 1864, pp. 3 and 4) On January 20, 1864 Lang's organ solos were - Fugue on Bach by Schumann and the "Andante" from Mendelssohn's Third Sonata. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 1) On February 17, 1864 his solos were - Prelude and Fugue by Bach and the "Adagio and Allegretto" from Rink's Flute Concerto. (Ibid) On March 30, 1864 he played Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite by Handel and "Selections" from The Hymn of Praise by Mendelssohn. (Ibid) For this concert Dwight felt that "Mr. Lang was especially happy in the treatment of his organ pieces; the great instrument has never been made more expressive for such subjects. His choice of stops in the Mendelssohn selections came closer to the idea than ever. He prefaced the grand final chorus of Samson with the Minuet from the overture, charmingly rendered with soft stops." (Dwight, April 2, 1864, p. 215) Dwight listed the major pieces performed that spring noting that the concerts were "Afternoon (Rehearsal) Concerts," and that the orchestra "rarely exceeded 25 instruments." Lang was a soloist in the following: Hummel's Introduction and Rondo in B flat, Op. 98, Mendelssohn's Concerto in D minor (twice), and Lang and a pupil played Mendelssohn and Moscheles Duo Concertante for two pianos on the March in 'Preciosa.'" (Dwight, June 25, 1864, p. 263) A report of the Spring 1866 series of Wednesday Afternoon Concerts said that they "are, as usual, well attended by young ladies and gentlemen who like to flirt through the heavy symphonies, and to listen to the light waltzes and redorras, which they play so gracefully well. The programmes are evenly balanced, and the season promises to be very successful." (BMT, February 3, 1866, p. 21) But "Mr. Apthorp, reviewing at a much later date... gives a correct and dismal picture of the state of orchestral music. '...the war had well nigh killed music in Boston. The earnest nut more futile efforts of Mr. Zerrahn and the Orchestral Union to keep music alive... Those were troublous times... a second bassoon was an unheard of luxury... the Seventh Symphony in the Music Hall was given with three first and two second violins... At last things came to such a pass that it was evident that Mr. Zerrahn and the Union could bear their burden no longer and, unless stronger power stepped in, orchestral music in Boston would die outright of sheer inanition.' The stronger power was at hand and ready to step in. It was the Harvard Musical Association." (HMA Bulletin No. 15) In 1896 Apthorp remembered: "What a time that old Orchestral Union had! Their concerts came on Wednesday afternoons, and were at first very well attended. But, with the war, audiences began to drop off as the times grew harder. The orchestra was a variable quantity: there were only two horns, and a second bassoon was not to be thought of. The second bassoon-part had to be played on a 'cello; and uninitiated visitors used sometimes to wonder what that solitary 'cello was doing in the midst of the wood-wind. Hamann, the first horn, had little technique, but a good tone, and was moreover an excellent musician; he had a fad of playing the easier Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven horn-parts on a real plain horn, which he had had made to order and viewed with unconcealed affection. I don't think there were ever more than six first violins; I certainly remember one performance of the seventh symphony with only three first violins and two second. The solitary bassoonist was conspicuous by his singularity, not by his virtuosity. I remember a benefit concert tendered to Mr. Zerrahn, at which a small picked 'chorus of young ladies' sang the 'Lift thine eyes' terzet from Elijah; the few measures of introductory tenor recitative were played as a bassoon solo, and the hapless bassoonist got most of the notes wrong. I don't think I have ever heard such a tremulous tone issue from any other wind instrument." (Apthrop, BSO Program March 6 and 7, 1896, pp. 594 and 595) Lang soloed with this group on "Fast Day Afternoon," Thursday, April 2, 1868. He played the Liszt orchestration on Weber's Grand Polonaise in E Major. Julius Eichberg was the Leader of the Orchestra at that time, and the conductor was Carl Zerrahn. Tickets were 50 cents. (BPL Lang Prog., 6260) Lang also appeared with the group as organist for a performance of Mendelssohn's Saint Paul on April 2, 1868. The choir was a combination of the Worcester Mozart and the Beethoven Choral Union. (Ibid) A program [probably 1880] dated Wednesday January 24 3PM of the "Tenth Afternoon Concert" noted at the bottom of the program that "The Orchestral Union, [is] composed of members of the Germania Musical Society, Musical Fund Society, Mendelssohn Quintette Club, and the Serenade Band." They gave "concerts every Wednesday at 3 o'clock during the season. Packets of six tickets, $1.00, single tickets, 25 cents." (BPL Music Hall prog., Vol. 4)
Orpheus Club. This choir "was never in so flourishing a condition as at present. Its director is Mr. Carl Zerrahn, who conducts the rehearsals with as much precision as if each were the immediate precursor of public performance. The Club is numerous, enterprising, and full of spirit. They are engaged to give concerts in several of the leading cities and towns of Massachusetts during the present winter, and we learn that preparations are making by them [?] for a grand masquerade ball at Music Hall, to be given on a scale of magnificence never surpassed in this city." (BMT, December 2, 1865, p. 177) "The Orpheus Musical Society gave a concert to a crowed audience at Tremont Temple, Feb . 9th. Under the baton of Mr. C. Gloggner Castelli, this society is winning new laurels." (Dexter Smith's, March 1872, p. 53)
Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
Baker, BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS, p. 428.
Osgood, George Laurie. Born April 3, 1844 in Chelsea, Mass., Di-December 12, 1922 in Godalming, England. Elson describes Osgood as "a lineal descendant of John Osgood, the Puritan, who landed in Salem in 1632." (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., p. 252) "A descendant of John Osgood who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1638. As a child he showed an acute sense of pitch, and was given every musical advantage from his earliest years. At Harvard, where he was graduated in 1866, after studying composition and the organ under John Knowles Paine, he directed the college glee club and orchestra for three successive years. After graduation he went to Germany, where he remained three years studying singing in Berlin... German song and choral music with Robert Franz. He then went to Italy for three years of further study at Milan under Francesco Lamperti, after which he made a successful concert tour of Germany. As a result Theodore Thomas engaged him in 1872 for a winter tour of the United States with his orchestra as tenor soloist. One newspaper printed: "Mr. Geo. L. Osgood has been engaged to appear at all of Mr. Theodore Thomas' concerts next season. This is most welcome news." (Dexter Smith, September 1872, p. 204) For some thirty years thereafter Osgood played a leading part in Boston's musical life. He was very popular as a teacher and brought out a number of successful singers. He also directed an annual series of chamber-music concerts of a high quality, and completely transformed the Boylston Club of Boston, of which he was conductor from 1875 to 1893, from a male chorus into a mixed choral organization of two hundred voices. Under the name of the Boston Singers' Society (1890), he established its reputation for brilliant performance of difficult pieces." (DIC. AM. BIO., p. 78) In the spring of 1872 it was reported: "Mr. Geo. L. Osgood, of Chelsea, who has been studying in Europe for several years, is now creating a great sensation in Vienna. The Germans pronounce him the most perfect interpreter of the songs of Schubert and Robert Franz. Welcome home, George!" (Folio, May 1872) The next issue announced that he would be sailing home from Liverpool at the last of May. (Folio, June 1872) "Mr. George L. Osgood has returned from Europe to his home in Boston. He has declined several very handsome offers of engagement to sing in opera. He will probably give a series of concerts in the principal cities next season, commencing in Boston. We have a rare treat in store." (Dexter Smith's, July 1872) Once he first returned to America, in the Fall of 1872 he was "tendered a complimentary concert" by the citizens of his hometown, Chelsea, on September 19th. Assisting in the program was the Mendelssohn Quintette Club, and also the bass, M. W. Whitney, who had also just returned from Europe. "The Academy of Music was well-nigh filled, and among the audience we noticed the faces of several of our well-known Boston critics... It is noticeable that Mr. M. W. Whitney made this his first appearance since his return from the Continent." (Folio, November 1872, p. 132) However, not all of his concerts were so well received. Just three months later a review of Osgood's appearance with the Thomas Orchestra published in the Rochester, N. Y. Musical Times recorded: "Mr. Osgood disappointed every one. His voice is only an ordinary baritone tenor, tolerably well cultivated. His toilet attracted more attention than his singing, although the latter was pleasing, yet far below many tenors that have sung in this city." (Folio, December 1872, p. 170) Composer of "songs and part-songs; many of the latter (including madrigals, glees, carols, and other forms of choral work) have been sung at the Boylston Club concerts." (Jenks, p. 483) On Wednesday evening, May 7, 1879 Osgood presented a concert "at Mechanic's Hall [which] was one of the most interesting and unique that we have had. Indeed, it was full of most charming matter charmingly interpreted." The pianist was B. J. Lang who not only accompanied the soloist, but also played a Liszt solo, Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude, and was the pianist in St. Saens's Quartet in B Flat for piano and strings - "Mr. Lang played the piano part superbly." (Dwight, May 24, 1879, p. 85) "After 1903 he made his home in Europe, first in Geneva, and later, in Godalming, England, where he had a large country estate and where he dies." (DIC. AM. BIO., p. 78) He seems to have kept some Boston connections-in 1905 he is listed as an "Absent member" of the St. Botolph Club which he had joined on January 3, 1880, being one of the Charter members. (1905 Members List) He published a "Guide in the Art of Singing," a work of 200 pages which went through eight editions, and he also published "anthems, choruses, part-songs, and over 50 songs." (Pratt, p. 428) Over thirty of his published compositions are preserved in the Library of Congress collection, "Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885." Among his SSAA compositions published by the Boston Music Company are Song of the South (martial hymn), The Rock-A-By-Lady (Eugene Field), and his arrangement of Ethelbert Nevin's Wynken, Blyken and Nod. It would seem that the Theodore Thomas Orchestra was trying to create a local connection by announcing that "Mr. Geo. L. Osgood has been engaged at all of Mr. Theodore Thomas' concerts next season. This is most welcome news." This would seem to be a most unusual artistic decision to have the same soloist for every program throughout the season. Osgood is also credited with being one of the originators of "One of the largest collections of choral music in the world... the Harvard Glee Club Library... There is a wonderful story connected with the largest single addition to this collection. Many years ago, (this was written in 1952) Dr. Davison was poking around in the newspaper files on Floor D of the basement of Widener Library. In the semi-darkness he stumbled upon a stack of choral sheet music which turned out to be the complete private library of George L. Osgood, '66, Boston choral conductor, member of the Harvard Musical Association and composer. With the volunteer assistance of members of the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, the entire collection was sorted out and catalogued, and now resides permanently in the choral library of the Department of Music." (HMA Bulletin No. 20, pp. 12 and 13)
Vol. 7 of the Musical Year Book reported: "The Boyston Club dissolved. The Boston Singers Society succeeded it." (MYB 1889-90, p. 26)
The first season, 1889-90, of the Boston Singers' Society opened on December 27 and January 3 with concerts for supporters, and then the program was repeated on January 6 for the general public with an admission fee. The pieces were piano accompanied, or unaccompanied, and were grouped by Mixed Voice, Male Voice and Female Voice selections. A second concert on February 27, 1890 used an orchestra of 44 and programmed four longer works, while the final concerts on April 23 and 25 used an orchestra of 26 but consisted of many shorter pieces, again arranged by Mixed Voice, Male Voice and Female Voice groupings. (MYB 1889-90, pp. 16, 17 and 18) Miss Gertrude Franklin was one of the soloists in the second concert.
The 1890-91 Season of the Boston Singers' Society with 190 members (its second season) consisted of three concerts. Osgood was the Conductor, F. H. Ratcliffe the Secretary and Clayton Johns, the Accompanist. A miscellaneous program on December 13, 1890 was followed on February 18, 1891 by a concert accompanied by an orchestra of forty-four, and the final program, given on May 6 and 9 was entitled a "Historical Program" which ranged from a Palestrina motet to a madrigal by the Boston critic, B. E. Woolf entitled Hark, the Lark. (MYB 1890-91, pp. 17 and 18)
In the fall of 1891 the Boston Singers' Society, which Osgood directed, was invited to "consolidate" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Philip Hale had constantly praised the group the previous season. "Two choral works of large dimensions will be given in the series of concerts." (Hale Crit., Vol. 1) The question is - did this union only last two years? Hale noted in May 1893 that the Boston Symphony Chorus "is now dead and buried. It dug its own grave and then killed itself, and it thus won loud applause... This unhappy chorus made two appearances in the Ninth Symphony, and in a double bill that included Brahms' A Song of Destiny and Foote's Skeleton in Armor." (Ibid) The Foote was a "First Boston Performance" and the concert dates were February 3-4, 1893. The world performance had been on April 28, 1892 in New York by the American Composers Choral Association conducted by Emilio Agramonte. (Cipolla, p. 45)
"Ottoman Quartet." Boston had "for pianoforte playing - what was sometimes jokingly called the 'Ottoman Quartet.' The four leading resident pianists - Otto Dresel, B. J. Lang, Hugo Leonhard, and J. C. D. Parker - were fond of playing pieces for right hands (a otto mani) in public, now and then; hence the nickname." (Apthorp, Entr'acte, March 6 and 7, 1896 BSO Program Book, p. 594) For the Opening Soiree of Chickering's New Music Room in 1860, the eight hands opened the concert with Fugue for Two Pianos, Eight Hands by Moschelles. (Dwight, November 10, 1860, p. 262)
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Spy cartoon (Leslie M. Ward) from 1899-part of a panal of three printed in 1915.
Paderewski. George Chadwick recorded that Paderewski came to America in the fall of 1891, and after an appearance in New York, he played his own Concerto in A Minor with the BSO "and made a great hit. Probably none of us had heard the piano played with such diabolical recklessness as he put into that last movement." Chadwick also noted that he had attended an orchestra only rehearsal of the concerto where "not the smallest detail escaped" Nikisch's notice... Paderewski speedily became very much at home in Boston. He liked the Tavern Club very much (both Adamowskis were then members) and spent a good deal of time there when he was in Boston. Especially he loved to be with us at our Christmas celebrations and sometimes put himself out a good deal to get there! On one memorable occasion he played the piano for Tim and Joe [Adamowski] to dance the Polish sword dance. It was well worth seeing and hearing."(6456-6457) Arthur Foote's daughter Katharine recalled that "when Paderewski first came to America [1891-93] he hardly knew anyone. There Footes befriended him. The lonely Paderewski constantly visited the Footes when in Boston: 'I remember the first time he came to dinner he was TWO hours late. He never acquired any sense of time. He was a delightful companion, played endlessly for us and even played Papa's duets with me! Later he had many friends and we saw little of him. But he always played papa's Study in 3rds, which he liked very much, wherever he went." The piece was one of the Nine Pianoforte Studies for Musical Expression and Technical Development, Op. 27 which Foote composed in the summer of 1891 and Arthur P. Schmidt published in 1892." (Tara, Foote, p. 71) Henry Dunham, organ instructor of the New England Conservatory remembered attending "a recital there [Blumstead Hall, the amphitheater under the Music Hall] by Paderewski, which was the gift solely of Mrs. Jack Gardner to the musicians of Boston, she standing at the door giving out the programs. A remarkable woman was 'Mrs. Jack,' a real live wire in musical Boston. Unfortunately her type is very rare." (Dunham, p. 49) Helen Henschel described Paderewski: "He had a truly astonishing complexion, a skin of almost transparent whiteness, which heightened the expressiveness of his smoldering and rather melancholy eyes, and a great aureole of bright red-gold hair." (Henschel, H., p. 87)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. facing 338, Plate XII.
Paine, John K.
Papyrus Club. Geroge Chadwick mentions c. 1883 that "at that time [the club was] largely made up of St. Botolph men. Their monthly meetings at the Revere House in Bodoin Square were celebrations for the wits and wags that gathered... Great dinners were these, somewhat too convivial at times. One night we had Theo Fordt as a guest with the result that he had to stay in bed all the next day and could hardly get up to sing at the H & H concert in the evening!." (6382-83)
Parker, George J. A tenor member of the Apollo Club who joined in 1877 and was active in the group through the 1890s, he was also often a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society. At the Easter Sunday, April 14, 1895 performance, he "carried off the honors of the occasion." (History-1911, p. 51) He had sung in the Bach Passion given on Good Friday, April 15, 1892. (Op. Cit., p. 19)
Parker Hall, Boston Blue Book, 1909.
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 232.
Parker, James Cutler Dunn. Born in Boston on June 2, 1828 and died in Brookline, Massachusetts aged eighty-eight on November 27, 1916 (aged eighty-nine). "His grandfather was successively rector of Trinity Church and bishop of Massachusetts. His father was long senior warden of Trinity. James attended the Boston Latin School and Harvard College. Graduated in 1848, he studied law for three years, but a taste for music, pronounced in boyhood, led him to become as his friend John S. Dwight phrased it, 'the first son of Harvard to forsake a dry profession [the law] and follow the ruling passion of his life.'" (DIC AM BIO., p. 228) One article phrased it that he was born in Boston "where he spent his early years, and where he had a large family connection." (NEC Mag-Review, Dec 1916-Jan. 1917, p. 45) He studied music in Leipzig 1851-4 under Moscheles, Richter, and Hauptmann and Plaidy. "Organ playing he studied with Schneider." (Ibid, p. 46) "In September 1854 Parker returned to Boston for a life-time of playing, composing, and teaching for which his through professional training and social standing admirably fitted him. He was always the gentleman, courteous, unassuming, and scholarly. In 1864 he was chosen organist of Trinity Church. He held this position at the old edifice, destroyed by fire in 1872, and for many years at the new church in Copley Square under its celebrated rector, Phillips Brooks, for whose consecration as Bishop and also at whose funeral he played. His church programs were conservative, as were his own compositions." (Ibid 228 and 229) He served Trinity Church as organist and choirmaster until 1891, a total of twenty-seven years, and for many years organist of the Handel and Haydn Society (? - when)... Translated Richter's Manual of Harmony; published an original Manual of Harmony (1855) and Theoretical and Practical Harmony (1870). (Baker-BIO. DIC, p.437-38) He was also a soloist in Harvard Musical Association concerts, and at his death was its oldest member. "Early invited by Dr. Eben Tourjee to teach at the New England Conservatory of Music, Parker was a member of its faculty for thirty-seven years, teaching piano-forte and theory." (DIC. AM. BIO., p. 229) "The Blind King, his only secular composition of importance, was written for the Apollo Club." (Ibid-p. 229) His Redemption Hymn first was performed by the Handel and Haydn Society in 1877 and was described as a "national property, and is held in universal favor." [And was programmed by Lang during his second season as conductor of the H and H] Parker "has been long a quiet but active agent in the elevation of musical taste in Boston. The pianoforte, the organ, the church choir, and the choral society have been the means with which he has wrought, employing in their guidance scholarly powers and exquisite taste. Some of us remember gratefully the little club of singers which gave us in Chickering Hall - then on Washington Street, near Summer Street - our first hearings of cantatas of Gade, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Schumann, and others, through several seasons, beginning in 1862. The Parker Club, as it was called, included nearly every singer of real merit living in the city; indeed, it was a distinction to be a member of this select body." (Jenks, p. 480) The Parker Club gave many Boston first performances, although only with piano accompaniment, among which were "Comata of Gade, the Walpurgis Night of Mendelssohn, the Flight into Egypt of Berlioz, Schumann's Paradise and the Peri and Pilgrimage of the Rose." In 1867 this mixed choir was being referred to as the "only club of its kind in Boston," and as such could easily "double the number of concerts" that it might give." (BMT, May 4, 1867, p. 42) Lang was not to found the Cecilia Society until 1874.
Parker, Henry Taylor. b. Boston 1867, d. 1934. "A Boston native and Harvard dropout" who spent a number of "vagabond years in Europe... [he was] not even able to read music... He eventually returned to Boston and after several years as a journalist in various jobs succeeded Apthorp as the music and drama critic for the Boston Evening Transcript in 1905... Owlish-looking and bespectacled, short of stature, a life-long bachelor, a man of polymorphous curiosity, he sometimes wrote on politics and world affairs and was also a dance critic and drama critic... A legendary workaholic and eccentric in journalism circles who avoided all social contact with actors and musicians, Parker had some affectations: applauding by the continental method of stamping his cane on the floor... What he lacked in musical booklearning H. T. Parker made up for in intuitive discernment and a sensitive, poetic prose" (Grant, p. 96) From 1892 a journalist, his "pen often drew blood." Horowitz noted that "his signatures included a fedora, a huge bamboo walking stick, [and] a German cavalry overcoat... A learned Harvard dropout, he could not read music but keenly adored it. One object of his adoration was Muck and his 'incomparable orchestra of the world,' at 'the apogee of its attainment.'" (Horowitz, p. 79) Johnson quotes David McCord: "Since late in another century, when he first became an harmonies initial, he has been known, read, feared, damned, and praised as H. T. P. In Boston, these letters as insidious as G. B. S.; and many a New York manager's complexion has suddenly paled or freshened at what was abundantly said in type above them. It is hardly enough in two fields to call him dean of American critics. One can be dean and intellectually dead. Parker was never more alive." (Johnson, Hallelujah, p. 160) Resident in New York at the Murray Hill Hotel; in Boston, first at 132 Bowdoin Street, and later at the Hotel Vendome; and in London at the Hotel Lanham in Portland Place. "Thirty years of the Transcript: A column and a quarter to a two column daily review, a daily page to edit, two pages of magazine material for Saturdays, monthly ventures to New York, and a vast amount of consequent reading have left him, in the season, time for nothing but more work... Friends who are interested once calculated that in these thirty years he has written and printed the equivalent of 300 full sized novels; or close to a novel a month" (McCord, p. 5, 7 and 8) "If you should dare to address him, he will answer briefly, cigarette in mouth, his head bobbing emphatic emphasis behind a cloud of volcanic ash. His manner does not suggest long interviews," (Ibid, p. 140) "At the symphony his seats are in the first row of the first balcony, just to the right and above the orchestra, where he perches, a small and bitter gargoyle above the Brahmin sea. He has a Continental method, and rather objectionable, of applauding by bringing his cane into sharp contact with the floor. An accurate myth relates that once he brought it down on the toes of Mrs. Jack Gardner, with whom he was sharing a box. The fireworks that followed will likely survive them both." (Ibid. pp. 15 and 16) His career included 1899 as the London correspondent of the Globe and Transcript. In 1902 he was the New York correspondent for the Transcript. By 1905 he was at the Boston headquarters of the Transcript. "Every summer he goes to Europe, gives up cigarettes, and smokes a pipe... Festivals of music, a week of ballet, Salzburg, Weimar, and the great art centres, are annual flames to his annual moth." (Ibid, p. 23) His only published book was entitled EIGHT NOTES, and he felt that "impermanence" was the best quality of a newspaper article - "The more daily a paper is, the better." (Ibid, p. 24) From pp. 102-111 in "Two Scribes" in Eaton's THE BOSTON OPERA COMPANY. "Parker's initials were inevitably expanded to 'Hell-to-Pay,' which doubtless gratified him in certain moods." McCord wrote that Parker's days "were confounded it seems between New England where he was born, England, where he went to school, Harvard, where he ranked with the class of 1890, New York, where he began as a critic, Boston, where he lives, and Germany, where he intends to die." His professional musical training was slight: "It has been said of H. T. P., even by his stoutest admirers, that he was virtually a musical illiterate, unable, for example, to tell the difference between a major and minor chord and certainly lacking the ability to read notes. Still he knew music 'from the outside, if not from the in,' acquiring a corpulent body of information. Furthermore, his instincts were sound, more so than Hale's, and he labored under fewer blind spots." "Parker could fill three twenty-inch columns of closely set seven- or eight-point type with an opera review and still count on a column for concerts or theater... McCord estimated that H. T. P. through thirty years had turned out (and seen printed!) the equivalent of three hundred full-sized novels, or close to a novel a month." Whereas Hale also wrote a separate society column, "Parker's was the only description of the 'social' side of Boston life the Transcript permitted. This mirror of all that was good, true, pure, and beautiful in Boston never demeaned itself to the 'social column' level, subscribing to-or perhaps having promulgated-the tenet that a real lady's name appeared in the public press only three times: at birth, on her wedding, and after her death." Parker "displayed more idiosyncrasies in manner and dress [than Hale]- McCord described him as a 'small, fierce-eyed individual, of graying mustache and adequate age, tweedish clothing, Habig fedora, huge bent bamboo cane, and a German cavalry overcoat made for him with belt and saddle-split by a military tailor in Wiesbaden" who "perched like 'a small and bitter gargoyle above the Brahmin sea'" from his seat in the first row of the first balcony at Symphony Hall where he "almost invariably [sat] alone in one of the conventional pair of critic's seats." Whereas Hale did not appreciate much of the modern music, especially upon first hearing, "Parker, on the contrary, appreciated even the exalted intricacies of Bruckner and Mahler, and was one of the first honorary members of the Bruckner Society." McCord summarized Parker thus: "The bon vivant, the traveler who 'by synthetic accident of foreign clothes, tri-lingual facility, and the Continental manner is assumed in London to be a Frenchman, in Paris a German, and in Berlin an Englishman,' who journeyed alone and the faster for it into legend, Parker remains unique." McCord predicted: "Not until one tries to fill his shoes will Boston realize the cosmic particle she harbors." When Apthorp was working for the Boston Evening Transcript, its average size was "ten to twelve pages," but "by 1913, the tenth anniversary of Parker's term, the newspaper had mushroomed to three and even four times its former size. Where columns had been just that-columns-they were now pages... With space limitation no longer an important factor, his [Parker's] writings were quite long. Whereas Apthorp utilized a column or two to report on a concert, Parker took a whole page. He did not take advantage of the additional space, unfortunately, to include more detail. He simply was more expansive in his prose...Regarding the conductor, Parker seems to have belonged to the 'Admiration Society for Conductors of Esteemed Boston Musical Aggregations,' for he never failed to give conductors of the Boston Symphony orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Cecilia Club, or the Boston Opera House the highest praise he could muster... Regarding content, Parker began his reviews with an introductory paragraph highlighting who did what... Seldom was much said of the music itself; instead, the articles focused on the key figures and the performance. There were few musical terms used, no mention was made of arias, movements, expressive markings, etc. Parker's writing style was completely different from what the Transcript had witnessed previously. He had a knack for describing the music without really saying very much about it. After reading a paragraph, some readers might still wonder what his point was... Parker was adept at portraying for his readers a general impression of what the music felt like, as had John S. Wright." (Nelson, pp. 111-115) "There was such a local cult around Parker in Boston that when he died the Transcript ran articles, letters, reminiscences, and photographs of him almost daily for an entire month." (Grant, p. 97) Parker, "critic of music and drama for the Boston Transcript from 1905 until his death, March 30, 1934, was crusty and feared, an arrant individualist, full of prejudices explosively announced. He had love and sentiment, but both were hidden. Only those close to him - and they were few - knew his humanity... He prided himself on his knowledge of Rhine wines and smoked cigars which shot out embers like Fourth of July sparklers. His seat was in the first row right of the first balcony, near Mrs. Jack Gardner's. Sometimes he thumped his walking stick on the floor when sour notes came from the stage. Once, legend says, he brought the bamboo stick down on the toes of Mrs. Gardner and got a look which would have killed the leopard with which she once walked down Tremont Street. Enemies said H. T. P. was tone-deaf - but they could never catch him at it. He died at 66." (Herald article on the BSO, December 15, 1940)
Parker Memorial Hall. Seating capacity 800.
Paur, Emil. BSO conductor from 1893 to 1898. "Emil Paur programmed too much Richard Strauss for Higginson's liking, and was not in a class with Gericke and Nikisch in any case. Higginson deposed him after five seasons and in 1898 got Gericke back." (Horowitz, p. 73) However Paur then moved to New York as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and a year later, in 1899, he succeeded Dvorak as Director of the National Conservatory. He held both positions until 1902, and then he returned to Europe. A year later he was back in American as conductor of the Pittsburgh Orchestra until it disbanded in 1910. (Amer. Grove, III, p. 490)
Mathews, p. 157.
Elson, "Musical Boston" Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
Perabo, Johann Ernst. November 14, 1845 - October 29, 1920. "Pianist, teacher, and composer, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany... The father was a school teacher and, according to German requirements, also an organist, pianist, and violinist, hence he was well qualified to train his nine children, all of whom became musicians. Ernst... proved to be the most gifted, and he began the study of piano with his father when he was five years old. In 1852 the family emigrated to America, settling first in New York, where they remained for two years. He knew Bach's Well-Tempered Clavichord by heart at eight years of age." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5) After short periods in Boston and Chicago, in 1858 [aged 13] Ernst was sent back to Germany for four years, "but he had to struggle against ill health, which prevented serious music study. In 1862 he entered the Leipzig Conservatory," returning to America in 1865." In 1864 Dwight gave a different account of Perabo's time in Germany: "He has been gone nearly six years, the greater part of which time has been wisely spent in laying the foundation of his general education, which had been neglected too much in favor of music. He has only been a couple of years at Leipzig... Many of our readers in Boston will remember Master Perabo, who resided here, with his parents, some seven years ago, and who, at that time, being not twelve years old, used to play (by heart) a score or two of Bach's fugues, sonatas of Beethoven, etc. Once we heard him play prelude and fugue by Mendelssohn at sight... A subscription was raised among musical persons in New York and Boston, Mr. Scharfenburg taking the lead, to send the boy to Germany for his education." (Dwight, June 11, 1864, p. 255) "He established first himself in New York, as a teacher and pianist, and gave a number of concerts that were so successful that he decided to give a series of matinees, at which he performed the sonatas of Schubert... In 1866 he transferred his residence to Boston and remained there until his death. He never gave concerts on a grand scale but devoted himself to teaching, in which he was most successful. For many years he played annually at the Harvard concerts at which he gave many works unknown at that time in America... He was a zealous conservative, but he approached new works in a spirit of open-mindedness." (DIC. AM. BIO., pp. 457 and 458) "Ernest Perabo, just out of boyhood, returned from study in Leipsic in 1866, and made a brilliant impression in the closing concert of the first symphony season; since which day he has always held his own among the ablest interpreters of great piano music." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 454) "Pianist of a super-sensitive nature who could give expression to a five-finger exercise." (HMA Bulletin No. 11) he was "one of the foremost musicians and pianists in Boston. Of a retiring and modest nature, an almost super-sensitive musician, an inspiring teacher, and a pianist of unusual skill in execution and interpretation." (HMA Bulletin No. 16) "After some hesitation, he in March, 1866, settled in Boston. He was invited to play at the last concert of the season given by the Harvard Musical Association, which occurred April 21st." (Jones, p. 132) In 1866 Perabo gave two "Matinees" at Chickering Hall: for the second, on Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 1866 at 3:30PM, the Assisting Artists were Miss Clara M. Loring, Soprano (her first appearance in public), Mr. B. J. Lang, Pianist, Mr. Henry Suck, Violinist, and Mr. Howard M. Dow, Accompanist. Lang and Perabo played the Diversions (for four hands) Opus 17 by Bennett, and the Rondo (for two pianos) Opus 73 in C Major by Chopin (HMA Program Collection). Tickets were "One Dollar Each;" rather expensive in light of Wednesday afternoon concerts by the "Orchestral Union" at the Music Hall were offered at 50 cents that same year (HMA Program Collection). Lang was also an Assisting Artist at Perabo's "Fourth Schubert Piano Matinee" at Chickering's Hall on Thursday afternoon January 31, 1867 where Lang and Perabo performed the Rondo in E Minor Opus 84, No. 2 by Schubert, and the Fantasie in F Minor Opus 103 also by Schubert (HMA Program Collection). Since his arrival in Boston in 1866, "he has regularly appeared at one or more concerts" of the HMA. "He has also given every season a series of recitals and matinees of his own, which are of the highest order. Among other things he has played the whole of Schubert's piano sonatas in public. His repertoire includes the best works, and he is particularly happy as an interpreter of Beethoven. As a teacher of the piano he is surpassed by few, and he always has a large number of pupils." (Jones, p. 132) "He has published several piano compositions both here and in Germany, and is one of the best interpreters of Beethoven that Boston has possessed." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5) In 1869 "after a year's rest from concert playing," Perabo announced two sets of chamber soncerts. The first, of four concerts, was in the fall of 1869 and a highlight was to be "a number of the rarely heard Sonatas of Beethoven's latest period." The second series, of eight concerts once a fortnight, began in January 1870 and were "Historical."(Dwight, September 25, 2869, p. 111) Not all comments were complimentary: "Mr. Perabo's Matinee on the 5th was not so good as we had expected. For the hundredth time, we refer to his marked fault in piano-playing. His execution cannot be surpassed. Otherwise, he performs as if a river of ice was drowning every sentiment of sympathy and expression in his soul." (Folio, February 1872) In the fall of 1879 Dwight reported: "Ernst Perabo has returned, after a second residence in Leipzig, not in such good health as his many friends had hoped to see him." The report continued that while he was in Germany he "was not idle," and he published there a number of "brilliant and interesting works of a high order of merit, thoughtful and musicianly in treatment, and of value to students both an artistic and technical point of view." (Dwight, Nov. 8, 1979, p. 184)
Elson, "Musical Boston" Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
First published in 1900 by Theodore Presser. Johnston Collection.
Petersilea, Carlyle. "Boston born in 1844, pianist who attained high eminence in music; he studied abroad; established the Petersilea Academy of Music (1871-1886); later joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music." (HMA Bulletin No. 16) The 1886-87 "Musical Yearbook of the United States" reported: "The Petersilea Academy is dissolved, Mr. Petersilea joining the staff of the New England Conservatory." (MYB 1886-87, p. 50) An 1872 ad for his school promised that "This institution offers to those wishing to acquire a MUSICAL EDUCATION advantages unequalled by any Conservatory or Music School in the world [!]. It is conducted on an entirely new and Original Method, which will advance pupils to a higher degree of perfection with Less Time and Labor than any plan of instruction heretofore employed. Every department, Vocal and Instrumental, is in charge of thoroughly competent Teachers, and all of the pupils are under the direct personal supervision of MR. PETERSILEA. All branches are taught at VERY MODERATE TERMS, the rates of tuition for beginners on the Piano-Forte being especially low. The Petersilea System for the Piano-forte, by which such phenomenal results have been attained, will be exclusively in this school... Applications can be made at all times to CARLYE PETERSILEA, Director, 238 Washington Street, Boston." (Dexter Smith's, February 1872, p. 46) In 1872 B. J. Lang did not advertise in this magazine. In September 1872 the same magazine reported: "Carlyle Petersilea's popular Music School has been removed from 1 Central Court to 339 [ad said 238] Washington Street, where enlarged and improved accommodations will enable the eminent Principal and his efficient board of teachers to impart the most thorough instruction. The Fall Term commences Sept. 16th." (Dexter Smith's, September 1872, 204) Another publication noted: "It gives us pleasure to note the gratifying success attending Mr. Carlyle Petersilea's Music School. Although but a short time in existence, it has already risen to high rank, and we can recommend it to any one of our friends in search of a thorough, practical musical education." (Folio, February 1872)
Philharmonic Orchestra. The Musical Fund Society, which existed from 1847 until 1855 sponsored a Philharmonic Society that "eventually numbered from fifty to sixty instrumentalists, all of them professionals and committed to playing the best music. The musicians shared in the proceeds from the concerts. The performances started off at the Melodeon, which seated nine hundred. The orchestra got a reputation for rather decent playing, as compared with the previous academy and Philharmonic orchestras, and soon had a sizeable subscription audience. Two years later, the Musical Fund orchestra moved to the Tremont Theater (later renamed the Tremont Temple), which seated fifteen hundred. Directed first by Thomas Comer, an Irish musician, and later by George Webb, the Music Fund Society played symphonies by Pleyel, Haydn, Mozart, Kalliwoda, and early Beethoven. Regrettably for it, after a few years the audience shrank, and despite some small donations and a gift of one thousand dollars from Jenny Lind, it was headed toward extinction. One wintry evening, fate decided the issue. Owing to the freezing rain and dangerous ice conditions of the street, the instrumentalists left their instruments at the Temple building after the Saturday night concert. A fire broke out that night and destroyed music, instruments, and other properties of the society. It never recovered from the disaster." (Tara, PSALM, pp. 94 and 95). This would have been about 1858. Ryan describes Thomas Comer "as originally an actor. He had a passion for music-could compose a little, played the violin tolerably well, was leader of an orchestra in the Boston Museum for many years, and afterwards in the Boston Theatre. He was just the man for the times-popular on all sides, 'hand and glove' with every one, as the old saying went." (Ryan, p. 52) Ryan also said that the "Germania Musical Society, which had been in Boston for two seasons, really gave the coup de grace to the Musical Fund Society by its fine orchestra and its superior performances." (Ryan, p. 52) "From 1855 to 1863 a Philharmonic Orchestra under Carl Zerrahn existed." (Elson, NATIONAL, p. 291) Zerrahn had been the first flute of the Germania Orchestra that had folded in September of 1854. This Philharmonic had "fifty-four men," and Zerrahn "and the orchestra would continue to give regular concerts until 1863, when the Civil War forced a stoppage. Sad to relate, the quality of its playing was not the equal of that of the Germania Society, although it was certainly better than that of the other ensembles previously mentioned. Writing about concerts he had heard around 1860, William Apthorp said: 'The orchestra was an exceedingly variable quantity: there were only two horns, and a second bassoon was not to be thought of. The second-bassoon part had to be played on a 'cello; and uninitiated visitors used sometimes to wonder what the solitary 'cello was doing in the midst of the wood-wind. Hamann, the first horn, had little technique, but a good tone... I think there were hardly ever more than six first violins: I certainly remember one performance of Beethoven's A major symphony with only three first violins and two second. The solitary bassoonist was conspicuous by his singularity, not by his virtuosity.'" (Tara, PSALM, p. 97) Zerrahn announced in February 1860 that the Fourth Philharmonic Concert would be the last in the series, and "the last subscription series he will ever undertake on his own responsibility in this city. For five years he has labored with unremitting diligence to supply the most refined taste of the community with that entertainment which it craved... For five years he has expended time, disbursed money, and neglected his private interests, to accomplish this noble purpose, each year holding out to him promises of future success which have never been fulfilled." (BMT, February 25. 1850, p. 6) The program for this concert described the orchestra as "Perfectly complete in all its details, [and] will consist of FIFTY of the best Boston musicians." (HMA Program Collection) Just a few weeks later his fellow Boston artists organized a Benefit Concert for April 14, 1860 "in order to repair the losses he has sustained in his effort to provide entertainment for the highest musical tastes of our community." (BMT, March 24, 1860) The program for this concert said "The Grand Orchestra is composed of FORTY of the best resident musicians. (HMA Program Collection) Early sales at fifty cents per ticket were good, and in addition to the full orchestra volunteering their services, Miss Fay, Mrs. Harwood, and Miss Washburn volunteered their talents also.
Zerrahn kept trying! In June 1860 it was reported that thirty-four "prominent professors of instrumental music" had formed a committee and "signed a truly admirable constitution" which would create the "Boston Philharmonic Society." Thomas Ryan of the Mendelssohn Quintette Club was the President, and Carl Zerrahn was one of the three Associates. "Concerts will only be given when a sufficient sum shall have been secured to cover all expenses, and guarantee to each of those who may perform at a particular concert (and only those who do perform can receive compensation), the sum of twelve dollars. By way of preparation for each concert, four rehearsals will be given, of which two will be public." (BMT, June 2, 1860, pp. 120 and 121) Further details emerged throughout the fall - "They propose to give six concerts to subscribers, for two dollars and a half for the series, a price which will put the entertainments within the means of all who desire to listen to such music as they will produce. Subscription lists are left at all music stores, and one thousand names will be required before the concerts can be given. No runners will be sent round to solicit signatures (a procedure which we heartily commend) for it is thought that those who are ready to support these concerts will be interested enough to apply personally for the means of admission." (BMT, December 1, 1860, p. 330) However, almost a year later the goal was reduced to 800 subscribers, and without that number "under no circumstances can the concerts be given... We cannot believe that Boston music lovers will consent to allow two seasons in succession to pass without what has come to be almost a necessity, and have no doubt but that Mr. Zerrahn's undertaking will prove eminently successful." (BMT, November 30, 1861, p. 229) Finally enough support was found so that "Mr. Zerrahn has decided to give a series of Philharmonic Concerts, the first of which will take place Jan. 11th. ... The programmes will be more varied than strictly classical concert might admit; but we are willing to leave this matter to Mr. Zerrahn's discretion. We only wish to bespeak for him a patronage from non-subscribers commensurate with his former efforts to afford them and us a high degree of musical gratification." (BMT, December 28, 1861, p. 246) The season began "most auspiciously," and the second concert, held at the end of January included Miss Mary Fay as a soloist, "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Wagner's overture to Faust, Schindelmeisser's overture to Uriel Acosta, and Julius Eichberg (who plays a Concerto of his own)." (BMT, January 25, 1861, p. 261) The success of these Winter Concerts led to a second series in the Spring, but "the result of the second attempt was a pecuniary failure, which forced him to discontinue the concerts. The truth is that the number of people who really understand, and thoroughly enjoy, the highest grade of orchestral performances is not sufficiently large to repay one for undertaking them." The reviewer mentioned the Germania ensemble concerts-when they first there were great crowds, but "afterwards this affection faded away... Every season the lovers of orchestral concerts make strenuous efforts to establish them on some permanent basis; but the attempt has never yet succeeded." It seems that the audience of this era was ready for the "Boston Pops" as reflected in the offerings of the Orchestral Union, but not yet ready for the "Boston Symphony Orchestra" which would appear twenty years later.
In January 1863 it was announced that "Mr. Carl Zerrahn has at length received sufficient encouragement from the musical public to warrant him in commencing a new series of these admirable entertainments [Philharmonic Concerts]. There will be six concerts on alternate Saturday evenings, commencing January 10th. A grand symphony will introduce each performance, and much other new and artistic music will be given. Mr. Zerrahn's orchestra was never so large or effective, and we anticipate a decided success for this enterprise." (BMT, January 3, 1863, p. 166) But, it seems that the series did not go well. In fact "Mr. Carl Zerrahn's sixth and last Philharmonic Concert will be given at the Boston Theatre on the evening of Saturday April 11th., and will take the form of a benefit to himself... The experience of the last concert, two weeks ago, has taught Mr. Zerrahn, what the Boston press have labored in vain to teach him, that a fearfully heavy selection, unrelieved by anything of a generally attractive nature, may win the applause of half a dozen severe intellects, but will invariably have the effect of frightening away the masses upon whom most dependence must be placed by public servants for support." (BMT, April 4, 1863, p. 22) Tickets were advertised at 50 cents, 25 cents for the Family Circle, and Private Boxes at $6. (HMA Program Collection) At the same time that he was presenting his Philharmonic Concert Series, Zerrahn was also conducting the concerts of the Boston Mozart Club. This was a group of "ardent amateurs" who presented "Social Orchestral Entertainments" to "their also ardent friends and associate members." They performed at Mercantile Hall and the "creditable" program of March 23, 1863 would seem to be typical. (BMT, April 4, 1863, p. 21)
Grand Symphony, No. 19 in D major - Haydn
Allegretto from 7th Symphony - Beethoven
Concert March - Kunze
Serenade for select orchestra - Eislodt
Overture - Barber of Seville - Rossini
The Mozart Club gave their "third Social Orchestral Entertainment on Monday, March 14th., at Mercantile Hall which was filled by a refined and cultivated audience of invited listeners. The performance, led by Zerrahn was good." The program included a Mozart symphony, overtures by Mendelssohn and Mozart, and an orchestral Romance for English horn and flute by Halevy. (BMT, April 2, 1864, p. 4)
There were few regular orchestral concerts in Boston from 1863 until 1866 when the Harvard Musical Association took up the task-their series lasted until 1882. However, another Philharmonic Orchestra (the third use of this name in Boston) was begun in 1879 and reorganized into a Philharmonic Society in 1880. The successive conductors of this group were Bernhard Listemann, Louis Maas, and Carl Zerrahn. "The Harvard Musical Association represented musical conservatism, the Philharmonic Society was identified with radicalism of the most decided type." (Elson, NATIONAL, pp. 293 and 294) A one-page introduction was printed in the opening program of October 24, 1879. "The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra has been recently organized to meet the wants of a permanent Orchestra in Boston-a want too generally admitted to call for further comment. The new organization has for its conductor BERNARD LISTEMANN, and counts among its members the very best performers of the Harvard Symphony Orchestra. The plans of the new organization for the coming season include a series of five popular Symphony Concerts, at Boston Music Hall" during November and December 1879. "Subscription tickets, with reserved seats for the five Concerts, $2.50 each; single reserved seats for each concert, 75 cents; admission tickets, 50 cents, and packages of five admission tickets, $2.00. The programmes of these concerts, though of a popular character, will be made up with a view of presenting a good variety of compositions, in which modern works of acknowledged ability will find a prominent position. The great composers will be represented by the following works:"then followed a list of c. 35 works... "Accomplished Vocal and Instrumental Soloists will contribute to each programme." (HMA Program Collection) Elson remarked that both groups, the HMA Symphony and the new Philharmonic suffered from the lack of patronage, which led to too few rehearsals of musicians whose main income, came from other musical pursuits, and thus "could not give more than a perfunctory attention to the symphonic task." (Elson, NATIONAL, p. 294) Tara's description was that "Bernard Listemann organized another Philharmonic in 1880, in direct competition with the [Harvard] association orchestra. Previously, Listemann had acted as concertmaster in the Thomas orchestra. The Philharmonic played no better than its rival and succeeded only in dividing the relatively small audience, so that both ensembles operated at a loss. The quietus was given to both ensembles when the Boston Symphony orchestra began life in 1881." (Tara, FROM PSALM, p. 99) But, from the Introduction to the first concert, printed above, it would seem that competition between the groups was not seen at that time especially as the new Philharmonic printed that their concerts were of a "popular" style, and the orchestra had among its membership the "very best performers of the Harvard Symphony Orchestra." This new Philharmonic presented concerts at the Music Hall from October 24, 1879 until May 5, 1881. At that point Listermann became the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but the Philharmonic Society was reborn again conducted by Dr. Louis Maas and functioned from November 10, 1881 until April 13, 1882.[see next paragraph about the orchestra that Dwight mentioned in February 1881] They began yet again on November 28, 1882 under Carl Zerrahn, but lasted only until April 4, 1883. In the early 1890s a Boston Philharmonic Orchestra led again by Bernard Listemann gave concerts on Thursday afternoons at 2:30PM at the Boston Theater and the Tremont Theater. (HMA Program Collection). 1891-92 was listed as their Second Season-each program had notes about the pieces and included ads. During this season Edward A. MacDowell played his Piano Concerto No. 2 at their December 31, 1891 concert, and then repeated it at the concert of January 14, 1892. (HMA Program Collection) Lang was the soloist in the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto on Tuesday afternoon December 19, 1882 at 2:30PM. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 3)
All that changed in 1881 with the founding of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by Henry L. Higginson. Dwight announced yet another "New Orchestral Club" in his February 12, 1881 issue-called a club because it's main support would be from a group of supporters and associate members. Controlled by a Board of 25 members with Prof. J. K. Paine as its first President, "over six hundred persons have already signed as associate members, and the secretary reports that twice that number could be obtained if desired. The expense of five concerts proposed for the first year is thus already guaranteed. No tickets will be sold for the evening concerts, each member being entitled to four; rehearsals will, however, probably be given in the afternoon, for which tickets can be purchased." After giving a long history of other orchestras in Boston, Dwight ended with the thought: "Can a city which hardly sustains one set of concerts [Harvard Musical Association] do any better for two?" (Dwight, February 12, 1881, p. 28)
Phillipps, Adelaide. B. 1833 in Bristol, England and died in 1882 at Carlsbad, Bohemia [Jones says in southern France, p. 137]. She was a contralto who grew up in Boston and made her stage debut there at the age of nine. "After studies in London with Manuel Garcia (1852-53) made debut in Italy. Returned to U.S. (1855); made debut at New York's Academy of Music (1856)... sang with Maretzek company in Havana; returned to Europe; appeared in U.S. with Parepa-Rosa company (1867-71); was heard widely in concert. Oratorio, operetta (1879-81)." (Sablosky. p. 302) In October 1858 Dwight described her voice: "The rich contralto voice seemed even to have gained in mellowness and fullness, as well as in clear and equal development throughtout its compass. She has, in a great measure, overcome what seemed an organic difficulty, a certain thickness in her sounds. There is more of artistic finish; more of sustained purity of artistic finish; more of sustained purity of tone and finished phrasing; more of flexibility-indeed, quite enough for any but a high soprano voice-while good taste and genuine sentiment restrain her from false ornament, from overstrained effect, and keep her within the bounds of chaste, pure style. It is a great pleasure to listen to the singing of Miss Phillipps." (Dwight, October 30, 1858, p. 247) In August 1862 Dwight published a number of clippings from her reviews in Belgium: "Her voice, which is a rich contralto, is fresh, sonorous and even in every tone." Another said: "Her voice, of perfect evenness and of most sympathetic quality, is of great compass; it is an admirable instrument, which she manages with perfect art and exquisite taste." A paper in Liege wrote: "Miss Phillips is the star of the troupe. She is a skillful singer, possessing a beautiful contralto voice, flexible and of great compass. Her acting is full of energy and feeling... Her reputation is fully established with dilettanti, owing to her triumphs in America, at Les Italiens in Paris, and later, at the Theatre Royal in Madrid." One final report: "In the name of the Associated Press of the City of Liege; and by a committee chosen for this express purpose, and in which every newspaper was represented, a crown was offered to Miss Phillips, and the audience by its prolonged bravos, signified its approbation of this demonstration by the Press of Liege." (Dwight, August 2, 1862, p. 143) In the spring of 1863 it was reported in Boston that "she has been singing for some time in Amsterdam, and seems to have created a grand furore. Her voice and acting are described as most admirable." (BMT, April 4, 1863, p. 20) On Saturday evening, April 30, 1864, "Miss Adelaide Phillipps gave her first concert in four years at Music Hall. She is not only recognized as one of the world's best contraltos, but as an excellent and estimable lady in all social and domestic relations, and her popularity in Boston is immense. She was assisted by Mme. Guerrabella (with whom she has been singing in Havana); by her own sister, Miss M[athilde] Phillipps, a pupil of Bendelari; by Mr. B. J. Lang who played the D Minor Concerto of Mendelssohn; and by Mr. Zerrahn's orchestra. Of course the house was crowded. Miss Phillipps never looked or sang to better advantage." (BMT, May 7, 1864, p. 68) An article in 1865 described her voice as "rich, round and fresh, the supply is always equal to the demands on it. Moreover, she knows how to sing. What nature could not do, art has accomplished. Her style is the purest Italian, her execution exceedingly fine, and her versatility unusual, for she is equally at home in dramatic, comic, and sacred music... And Miss Phillips is a fine actress as well as a singer." (BMT, June 3, 1865, p. 86) She was the soloist at the May 1867 concert that B. J. conducted in Salem to raise funds for a new concert hall. "Adelaide Phillipps was as much a regular operatic stand-by in those days as Brignoli himself [one of the few operatic singers who appeared with regularity in Boston-most lasted just 2 or 3 seasons]. She began as a dancer at the Boston Museum, but soon developed a rich, luscious contralto voice, which she had admirably trained... She was a grand singer and one of the best actresses of the day on the lyric boards." (Swan-Apthorp, p. 75) Amy Fay wrote: "I am doubt whether indeed the Germans know what the best singing is. They have most wonderful choruses, but when it comes to soloists they have none that are really great-like Parepa and Adelaide Phillips." (Fay, p. 34) In the summer of 1868 Miss Phillipps visited Europe, and to raise funds for this a "Complimentary Concert" was given at the Music Hall on Thursday evening June 4th. The assisting artists were madame Camilla Urso-violin, Mr. Carlyle Petersilea-piano, Mr. Wm. Macdonald-vocalist and a "Full Orchestra" conducted by B. J. Lang. The concert began and ended with orchestral pieces, and Cailla Urso played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto while Mr. Petersilea played two movements from the Chopin Piano Concert in E Minor. Miss Phillips sang three different times during the concert. Tickets were $1. After her return from Europe that summer, Miss Phillips presented another major concert on December 12, 1868 at the Music Hall using six assisting artists and a "Grand Orchestra" again conducted by B. J. Lang. Lang's pupil, Alice Dutton, was one of the guest soloists playing in the first half Mendelssohn's Serenade and Allegro for Piano and Orchestra and also a Liszt solo in the second half. (HMA Program Collection) Tickets were also $1 for this event. (BPL Lang Prog., 6259) To open the concert Lang conducted the orchestra in the "Allegro Vivace" movement from Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony and to close, Beethoven's Prometheus Overture. Her voice was described as "a pure, rich contralto with a compass of 21/2 octaves, ranging up to B flat in alt. She was not only a fine artist, but a kind-hearted, noble woman, and her death was lamented by a very large circle of friends." (Jones, p. 137)
Phippen, Joshua. Piano pupil of Lang and composer of "pianoforte pieces; sonata for pianoforte and violin." (Jenks, p. 483) He was the "Curator of Music" at the Essex Institute of Salem as reflected by a program dated December 26, 1881 which opened with a Trio in E Flat by Mozart played by Chas. N. Allen, Wulf Fries and A. W. Foote. (Program, Foote, Scrapbooks) He was one of the assisting artists in Lang's series of five recitals of the complete piano works of Schumann in 1883. (BPL Lang Prog., 4) He also served as pianist for the Apollo Club as reflected in their May 12, 1887 (???) program where he played two piano solos, (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 7) and the November 29/December 5 1887 concerts were he also accompanied a horn solo. Philip Hale's review of Phippen's early 1890 recital said: "Mr. Phippen was not so fortunate in the selections and arrangement of his program [as Arthur Whiting's had been]. Our old friend the Bach-Tausig arrangement was heard again, and the eight pieces of D'Albert seemed at one hearing singularly uninteresting. Mr. Phippen showed earnestness and the results of long and patient study." (BPL Hale Crit., Vol. 1) During the 1889-90 Season Phippen gave a series of three recitals on December 20, 1889, January 17, 1890 and February 14, 1890. (MYB, 1889-90, p. 24) Phippen won the Piano Concerto section of the competition sponsored by the National Conservatory of Music in NYC in honor of Dvorak being named head of that institution.The piece was played at the Madison Square Garden Concert Hall with the composer as the soloist and the orchestra led by Dvorak. The NY Times felt that the winners in the Symphony, Piano Concerto and Suite sections of the competition were all "extremely crude...Mr. Phippen's piano concerto was sadly deficient in thematic material, but such melodies as the composer had were fairly well divided between orchestra and solo instrument. There were some passages of good contrapuntal writing also." The article had noted that Phippen, born in Salem, had studied piano with Lang and harmony with C. J. Capen. "In harmony he is self-taught." (NY Times, March 31, 1893, p. 4)
Post, Boston. Started in 1831... Its building stands on the site of Franklin's birth-place on Milk Street. In its palmy days under Colonel Green the Post was one of the ablest democratic journals in the country. It was for many years the standard paper for commercial news, and this, together with its editorial ability, made it a recognized authority among business men. Around 1875 it had financial problems, but it was reorganized in 1885 and then "displayed much of its old time vigor and ability... The Post is still Democratic, but not actively partisan." (Grieve, p. 103) Arthur Weld was the critic before the fall of 1890 when Phillip Hale took over.
Preston, John Aiken Jr. Pupil of B. J.; (May 31, 1856-1902 Passport Application or May 1855-1900 Census) in Manchester, MA (1900 Census)? - 1914) Editor, teacher, pianist and publisher. (Ellinwood, p.302); part of a group "messrs. G. W. Sumner, G. A. Adams, H. G. Tucker, Arthur Foote, and J. A. Preston, all of whom give concerts and recitals of their own programmes of great interest, and rank as excellent pianists." (Dwight, History of Boston, p. 455) Listed among Lang's pupils who "deserve mention because of musical prominence," Preston "has appeared in the leading symphony concerts of Boston, and is recognized as a prominent musician." (Elson, Supplement, p. 3) Preston soloed with the HMA Orchestra in February 1878 in the first Boston performance of St. Saen's Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor. "Mr. Preston, one of the youngest of our concert pianists, a pupil successively of Mr. Parker and of Mr. Lang, proved himself easily equal to all the rare difficulties of the new Concerto by Saint-Saens. He has great aplomb, remarkably sure, firm execution, a good touch, great facility and smoothness in running passages, even rapid ones in sixths and fourths. He plays too with considerable expression, and with good conception of the intentions of the composition and its capabilities of effect. His manner is modest, quiet, and yet resolute. Of the Concerto itself there are various opinions... We found its power and beauty growing on us." (Dwight, March 2, 1878, p. 191) In April 1876 Preston played the Chopin Concerto in E Minor with the orchestral reduction at a second piano as part of a pupils' of J. C. D. Parker concert given at the College of Music of Boston University. (Dwight, April 15, 1876, p. 214) At a Boylston Club concert in September 1878 given "for the relief of the sufferers at the South," Preston was the accompanist for the vocal soloist Miss Fanny Kellogg and his performance was described as "well accompanied." (Dwight, September 28, 1878, p. 311) In February 1879 he presented a solo recital at Mechanics' Hall "which was alike remarkable for the ambitious tasks which he essayed and for the success with which he acquitted himself in them... It was Mr. Preston's second public appearance only before a Boston audience as solo pianist; his first was in a Symphony Concert last year, when he made his mark in a Concerto by Saint-Saens... His look and manner are those of a very serious artist; he takes all in earnest, and never trifles with his work." (Dwight, March 15, 1879, p. 46) Over a year later Preston again soloed at Mechanics' Hall where he played to a "goodly number of appreciative listeners." In this concert Mr. William J. Winch was an assisting artist. In reviewing his performance of Kreisleriana by Schumann, Dwight was "astonished not only by the technical excellence, the clearness and finish, the sustained poise, ease and freedom of Mr. Preston's execution, but still more by a mental grasp and an interpretation of the work which left nothing vague or dull, but took strong hold of the attention and held it to the end. It would be hard to name his superior among our young pianists." (Dwight, June 19, 1880, p. 102) Lang saved a notice advertising three organ recitals at new organ of the Tremont Temple that Preston gave in October 1880. (BPL Lang prog., Vol. 3) Dwight found the selections of the first concert "interesting" and noted that Mr. George Chadwick would join Preston during the second concert for the Fantasia for Four Hands by Adolf Hesse. (Dwight, November 6, 1880, p. 176) After the third organ recital, Wednesday noon, October 27, Dwight wrote: "We are glad to see, [that this concert] was better attended than the previous one." He ended with the comment: "The gifted young pianist has certainly made his mark also as an organist by these three concerts." (Dwight, November 6, 1880, p. 182) Preston's growing importance in the Boston musical world was furthered when he joined the St. Botolph Club on June 1, 1880, just six months after it was founded. (1905 List of Members, p. 40) In the 1880 Census Preston's address is listed as 149 Tremont Street: his occupation as music teacher: his age as 24, and that he was single.[see below about children] Preston made just one solo appearance during the first fifteen years of the BSO-it was during the First Season (1881-82:Henschel) (BSO Programs 1881-96) The BPL has three pieces that he edited, all published by B. F. Wood: Arenski: Valse, Op. 36, Liszt: Consolations 1-6 and 3 Liebestraume, and Napravnik: Melancolie. (BPL Music Room Catalog) The 1900 census lists his profession as "Music Publisher," his address as 311 Fairmount Ave., Hyde Park, MA, two children: Carleton E. Preston (single, aged 21-born November 1878) and daughter, Louise Preston (married, aged 27-born April 1873). John A. Preston's Passport Application of 1879 described him as: age-22, stature- 5" 10"; forehead-medium; eyes-hazel; nose-regular; mouth-small; chin-medium; hair-very dark brown; face-oval, and having been born in Dorchester, MA. Another Passport Application of 1887 for John (then aged 30) and his wife, Susan W. Preston (aged 28) and her maid servant Agnes Lynch (aged about 20 years) lists his birthplace as Dorchester, MA. The only additional information was: complexion-dark. A third Passport Application of 1899 added that his father is a native citizen of the United States, and that he, John did "not follow any occupation."
Proctor, George. One of the musicians that Mrs. Gardner supported. "From the moment she had first seen Proctor, as a boy chorister at the Church of the Messiah, and later when at fifteen he was organist at the Church of the Redeemer in South Boston, Mrs. Jack had been charmed by his Byronesque features and girlish dimples. For the rest of her life, she took the keenest interest in his happiness. Johns thought well of his talent, as did William [sic] Gericke, and when Paderewski endorsed their opinion, she sent Proctor to study under Leschetizsky in Vienna..." Palffy, p. 142)
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Reese, Lizette Woodworth. Poet of many of Margaret's songs. "A well-respected American poet... Reese's clear and concise style is believed by many scholars to have had a significant influence on many poets of the early twentieth century." (Blunsom, p. 196) Born January 9, 1856 in Waverly, Maryland and died December 17, 1935, she was a schoolteacher from 1873 until 1918. "During the 1920s, she became a prominent literary figure, receiving critical praise and recognition, in particular from H. L. Menchen, himself from Baltimore. She has been cited as an influence on younger women poets and has been compared to Emily Dickinson." Her earliest collections of poems were "A Branch of May (1887)," "A Handful of Lavender (1891)," and "A Quiet Road (1896)," followed in 1909 by "A Wayside Lute." (Wikipedia article, August 10, 2008) Others have seen that both Teasdale and Millay were deeply indebted to her. The fact that she "was a professional, independent woman from the time that she left high school in 1873" may have resonated with Margaret. (www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/791.html)
Rogers, Clara. Born in Cheltenham, England on January 14, 1844 to the English opera composer John Barnett (1802-1890), her earliest musical instruction was from her parents, and then she attended the Leipzig Conservatory from 1857-1860 (the same time that B. J.Lang was doing his German study). She discovered "upon her arrival that she was too young to attend the conservatory. She was eventually allowed to enroll because of the extraordinary talent she showed in her audition, and because of the director's sympathy for her family's situation. When she began to study, Clara was the youngest student ever admitted to the conservatory... At the conservatory, Clara's first area of concentration was the piano. After three years of lessons with Louis Plaidy and Ignaz Moscheles, she was invited to play Chopin's Concerto in E Minor in the graduation recital... At the age of fifteen Clara was admitted to vocal study and her progress led to her to choose opera singing as a career." (Radell and Malitsky, Keyboard, p. 131 and 132) Further study in Italy led to her operatic debut in Turin, and she sang major roles in various Italian companies from 1863-1867. Her stage name was "Clara Doria." (Ibid) She then returned to England for four years "before joining the Parepa-Rosa Opera Company on their American tour. This company was "formed by two Leipzig colleagues, Carl Rosa and Euphrosyne Parepa-Rosa. Her Boston performances were enthusiastically reviewed, and she returned to that city the following year with the Max Maretzak Company." (Ibid) After settling in Boston she sang professionally at Trinity Church and performed frequently at the Harvard Symphony Concerts. "Following her marriage to the prominent attorney Henry Munroe Rogers, Clara gave up public performing but continued to teach and compose... She joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 1902... Since she had been denied a place in the composition classes at the Leipzig Conservatory because of her gender, she felt most confident writing in the smaller forms... Between 1882 and 1906 Rogers published fifty-seven songs... Rogers's first set [of songs] Op. 10, was published in 1882" by Arthgur P. Schmidt. (Radell and Matitsky, Vocal, p. 300) During a "career that spanned nearly sixty years, Rogers collaborated with the successive conductors of the newly formed Boston Symphony Orchestra, taught at the New England Conservatory, and shared manuscripts with her fellow composers, who are known collectively as the Second New England School." (Radell and Malitsky, Keyboard, p. 131) "Henry Rogers was a source of support for her, both personally and professionally, and together they shared a circle of friends that included some of the most important people in Boston, as well as artists, actors, and writers of international reputation." (Radell and Malistsky, Keyboard, p.133) Rogers "...claims she was one of the first to hold weekly musical evenings in her home. One of her objectives was to bring together fledgling instrumentalists and vocalists, established composers, other noted musicians, music critics, and patrons. When not listening to music, they could enter into discussions and exchange views. Those who attended included the composers Foote, MacDowell, and Chadwick, conductors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, B. J. Lang, the music writers Dwight and Apthorp, and friends like Julia Ward Howe." (Tawa, Foote, p. 110) The respect shown by the Lang's is reflected in the letters by both B. J. and Margaret written after the performance of Roger's Sonata Dramatico at the first concert of the Boston Manuscript Club in 1888 which also included songs by Margaret. (Radell and Malitsky, Keyboard, p. 133) Roger's Romanza, op. 31 for piano was published in 1894 in the same volume, Half-Hours with the Best Composers which included two piano pieces by Margaret. (Radell and Malitsky, Keyboard, p. 134)
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Salem, Massachusetts Musical Groups.
The Essex Institute sponsored concerts. In 1877, the second program was given by a female vocal quartet with Arthur Foote as the accompanist, and as solos he presented the Liszt Fifth Hungarian Rhapsody, Nocturne Op. 32, No. 1 by Chopin and melody by Rubinstein. In the third concert, January 8, 1877, Lang "and his pupil Miss Grace Sampson" played Schumann's Variations for Two Pianofortes Op. 46, Mozart's Sonata in D Major for two pianofortes, and the concert ended with the Saint-Saens Concerto in G Minor, Op. 22 - the soloist was not named. George Sumner was the pianist in the fourth program given January 22, 1877. (Dwight, February 17, 1877, pp. 391 and 392). The next year the concerts were given "once a fortnight." In the January 14, 1878 program Arthur Foote and Mr. Tucker shared a program with Wulf Fries and the singer, Mrs. J. W. Weston. Piano duo pieces were Two Marches. Op. 18 by Gade, "Serenade and Scherzo" from Suite in D by Saint-Saens, and the Bridal Music (two numbers) by Adolf Jensen. As solos, Tucker performed Two Ecossaises by Chopin and Liszt's Study in D Flat Major - Foote gave no solos. (Dwight, February 16, 1878, pp. 183 and 184)
The Salem Oratorio Society. Begun in the fall of 1868 - Carl Zerrahn, conductor - two hundred singers at the first rehearsal-first concert was Haydn's Creation on Thursday evening February 11, 1869 with soloists from Boston and the Mendelssohn Quintet Club who "assisted as orchestra" - in June 1869, two hundred and sixty members of the choir took part in the National Peace Jubilee in Boston-John S. Dwight reviewed their Elijah performance of May 1870 very favorably. "There were about 250 fresh voices-nearly all of them young people, at least in the Soprano and Alto,-remarkably well balanced... You knew that there were no dummies... Particularly were we struck by the perfection of the rendering of several of those rapid choruses... The performance as a whole, of course, had not the massiveness of our Handel and Haydn presentation of such works. But, until we shall hear better (which we do not expect to do very soon), we shall have to point to Salem for a model of good, true chorus-singing." (Dwight, May 21, 1870, p. 247) By 1871 "there were four hundred and two members." (Whipple, p. 124) This group performed Mendelssohn's St. Paul at Mechanic Hall with Boston soloists, the Germania Orchestra and B. J. Lang playing the "New Concert Organ." The choir numbered about four-hundred voices for this performance. (Dwight?) For most concerts Boston soloists were used: among them, Mr. Whitney (bass), Dr. Langmaid (tenor), Miss Houston (soprano, later Mrs. Houston-West); W. J. Winch (tenor) and J. F. Winch (bass).
The Salem Schubert Club. Organized May 3, 1878 - number of singing members limited to sixty-associate members limited to one hundred and fifty - Wm. J. Winch first Musical Director, and remained with the group until his departure for Europe in October, 1883 - George W. Chadwick conducted in 1883 and 1884 - followed by Arthur Foote in 1885 and 1886 - repertoire was "cantatas, part-songs and music of like character... The Salem Schubert Club has done some very creditable work and given many admirable performances. It has given the people of Salem an opportunity of hearing the better class of cantatas, part-songs and glees, performed by a well-drilled chorus with the best solo assistance, Mr. and Mrs. George Henschel, Wm. J. Winch, Dr. S. W. Langmaid, Mrs. Humphrey Allen and others." (Whipple, pp. 127, 128 and 129)
Satter, Gustave. Born February 12, 1832 in Yugoslavia. According to "recurrent statements in the press, Gustave Satter surpassed them all by the quality of his musicianship. He was a fluent technician, imbued with the spirit of the new music by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin. Satter first played in New York on February 20, 1855 at a Quartet soiree of Theodore Eisfeld, beginning in the Schubert Trio, Op. 100." (Johnson, Satter, p. 61) Satter then appeared with the New York Philharmonic Society conducted by Henry C. Timm at Niblo's Rooms on March 10, 1855 in the New York premier of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (Johnson, p. 48). Then Boston heard him with the Mendelssohn Quintet Club on April 2, 1855 at Chickering Hall again playing the Schubert Trio. It would seem that Dwight's personal description of Satter in his April 7, 1855 issue is the only one available. "He is a fresh, youthful-looking person, with an air of decision and at the same time a good-humoured Austrian bon-hommie about him... Mr. Satter is yet a very young man, exuberant in power and enterprising ready of talent, ambitious too to take a high and really artistic stand, and a zealous student of the real character of Art; but it would be too much to expect of him all that earnest depth of feeling and of inward experience which should leave nothing to be desired." (Johnson, Satter, p. 62) Satter's professional position is reflected by Johnson's statement - "According to recurrent statements in the press, Gustave Satter surpassed them all [eleven previously cited artists who had come from Europe to America to better their professional lot during the years 1832 through 1852] by the quality of his musicianship. He was a fluent technician, imbued with the spirit of the new music by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin." Johnson then quotes the New York correspondent of Dwight's Journal of Music as saying that "His playing is, in my opinion, beyond anything that we have yet heard here... His style is that of Liszt... combining immense force, astonishing fluency, great sweetness and expression where it is needed, and the art of making the notes sing, and often sound out and vibrate like those of an organ." (Johnson, pp. 62 and 63) Satter assisted the Mendelssohn Quintette Club in their subscription concerts during the springs of 1855 and 1856. (Dowell, p. 21) Satter stayed in Boston two years [1855-57], teaching and performing, but he felt that he had to defend himself for programming his own fantasias on national airs such as Yankee Doodle and Hail Columbia. After spending the summer and fall of 1858 in Philadelphia, he returned to Boston where he again programmed mainly his own works, but also achieved great success with a performance of Beethoven's Concerto in G Major on January 25, 1859. The Boston Musical Times reported that Satter and S. B. Mills would be playing a concert in Providence "on Tuesday next", and also that "Mr. Gustav Satter is engaged to be married to Miss Lillie S. McClelan, only daughter of the late Hon. Judge McClelan, of the Supreme Court of Edinburgh, Scotland. Miss McClelan is an American by birth." (BMT, December 1, 1860, p. 328) By 1861 Satter was back in Paris and during the next twelve years he traveled throughout Europe, but by 1875 he was back in America. In 1865, while he was in Dresden, the rumors circulating through the city about him led him to write a letter "To my Enemies" in which he threatens to take them to court! The writer in the Boston Musical Times wrote: "This individual, whose excellence as a musician, and impudence [immodesty-shamelessness] as a man, are well remembered here, has been talked about in Dresden as he was in New York and Boston. Thinking himself 'whiter than snow, and purer than gold,' he objects to" the rumors...Alas, poor Satter." (BMT, December 2, 1865, p. 179) "He stayed in the New York vicinity until 1877, when he went South... It is believed he died in 1879 at the age of forty-seven in a place unknown to us." (Johnson, Satter, p. 69) "A Biographical Sketch" published in Savannah, Georgia in 1879 was probably autobiographical. Baker gives a different birthday: "Gustav Satter (b. Dec. 2, 1832 in Rann, Slovenia and d. (?) Savannah, Georgia, 1879) Pianist; trained as an amateur in Vienna, then in Paris, whither he had gone to study medicine. He threw over the latter profession, toured the United States and Brazil with much success in 1854-60, and returned to Paris, where Berlioz warmly praised his compositions; he resided successively in Vienna, Dresden, Hanover, Gothenburg, and Stockholm, later revisiting America." (Baker, BIO. DIC. p. 511) Satter had played the New York premiere of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Philharmonic on March 10, 1855.
Saturday Evening Gazette. Established in 1813. "It is  a large four-page sheet, devoted to the higher walks of literature and education. It is Republican in politics, and is largely read in the old families of Boston." (Grieve, p. 105)
Scharwenka, Xaver. b. 1850, and d. 1924. "Played in Boston for the first time on February 6, 1891... This strikingly handsome man of Polish-German extraction was one of the most brilliant virtuosi of his time. Every piano-maltreating miss in America had, of course, played his Polish Dance in E flat minor, one of the most popular pieces of piano literature... Among the mass of piano works published by Scharwenka, his first piano concerto in B flat minor acquired special celebrity and was frequently played by him and by others. He made his Boston debut most impressively with this concerto. At that time Scharwenka had already been conducting the New York branch of his conservatory for two years." (Leichtentritt, pp. 373 and 374)
Henry M. Dunham, THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN, p. 67.
Schmidt, Arthur Paul. April 1, 1846-May 5 1921. Born at Altona, Germany. Worked for ten years as a clerk for a music store in Boston. "In October 1876 he began a prosperous and valuable career as a publisher and importer of music (chiefly at first as a gent of the well-known Litolff edition), with branches later at Leipzig and New York. The publications listed in the catalogue in 1932 reached the number of nearly fifteen thousand... A chief interest with him from the first was the encouragement of American composers... Most important, he was a pioneer in the publication of works in larger forms (orchestral scores and parts, for example) that had no possibility of being commercially successful. The first score of an important composition of the kind in the United States was the second symphony, Im Fruhling, of John Knowles Paine, published in 1880 by subscription." During the forty years 1880-1920 he published major works by many of the New England School. "The encouragement he thus gave to composers cannot be overestimated; in a period of remarkable development in American music he made a note-worthy contribution." (A. F., p. 440) "He was the first to recognize the gifts of Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Henry Hadley, Mrs. H. H. A. Beach and many other leading American composers. 'He also appreciated the genius of Edward MacDowell when he returned in 1889 from Europe with his reputation entirely European and could find no New York publisher for his manuscripts.'" (Ayars, p. 39) Schmidt, Arthur Paul. April 1, 1846-May 5 1921. Born at Altona, Germany. Worked for ten years as a clerk for a music store in Boston. "In October 1876 he began a prosperous and valuable career as a publisher and importer of music (chiefly at first as a gent of the well-known Litolff edition), with branches later at Leipzig and New York. The publications listed in the catalogue in 1932 reached the number of nearly fifteen thousand... A chief interest with him from the first was the encouragement of American composers... Most important, he was a pioneer in the publication of works in larger forms (orchestral scores and parts, for example) that had no possibility of being commercially successful. The first score of an important composition of the kind in the United States was the second symphony, Im Fruhling, of John Knowles Paine, published in 1880 by subscription." During the forty years 1880-1920 he published major works by many of the New England School. "The encouragement he thus gave to composers cannot be overestimated; in a period of remarkable development in American music he made a note-worthy contribution." (A. F., p. 440) "He was the first to recognize the gifts of Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Henry Hadley, Mrs. H. H. A. Beach and many other leading American composers. 'He also appreciated the genius of Edward MacDowell when he returned in 1889 from Europe with his reputation entirely European and could find no New York publisher for his manuscripts.'" (Ayars, p. 39)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 214.
Seidl, Anton. b. May 7, 1850 in Pest, Hungary, d. New York City, March 28, 1898. "His death left a gap in the operatic forces of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and Covent Garden, London; robbed the Philharmonic Society of New York of a conductor under whom it enjoyed six seasons of unexampled prosperity; weakened the artistic props of the Wagner Festivals at Bayreuth... orphaned a number of undertakings which looked to the edification and entertainment of the people of the United States and Canada in the course of coming seasons... Mr. Seidl's activities in New York compassed twelve seasons. He came in the fall of 1885, to be the first conductor of the German opera, then domiciled at the Metropolitan Opera House, and he remained at the head of that notable institution until... 1891. (Krehbiel, p. 757) "He became an American citizen, believing that this country the best in which to work out his ideals." (Dic. Am Bio., p. 311) When Theodore Thomas left the Philharmonic for Chicago in 1891, Seidl became his successor beginning in the fall of that year. "During the entire period of his American residence, he conducted a vast majority of the orchestral concerts given under other auspices than those of the institutions mentioned, and he was extending his activities more and more widely with each year, so that it may correctly be said that, had he lived to carry out the plans which he had laid down for the next season here and abroad, he would have been unique among the world's conductors in the variety and extent of his labors and the reach of his influence..." (Krehbiel, p. 758)
"The most important musician ever to visit the United States and stay, he became an American citizen, bought a country house in the Catskills, and would not be addressed as 'Herr.' His 'America-mania' included a fondness for mixed drinks and excited approbation of the prospective Spanish-American War. He befriended Edward MacDowell, and-in an excess of partisanship for the Wagner cause he extolled-called the American composer greater than Brahms." (Horowitz in Beckerman, pp. 92 and 93)
Seidl began his study at the Leipzig Conservatorium in the fall of 1870, and early "in 1872 he went to Bayreuth, and was employed by Wagner to make the first copy of the score of the Nibelungen trilogy [aged 21]. He also assisted at the festival in 1876. In 1879, through Wagner's recommendation, he obtained the post of conductor at the Leipzig Opera-House, and remained there until 1882. After touring Europe conducting Angelo Neumann's "Nibelungen" opera troupe, he was appointed conductor of the Bremen Opera House. In 1885 he married [the singer, Augusta Krauss], and in September of that year he began his work at the Metropolitan Opera in New York." (Grove, Third Edition, p. 709) "He conducted many American premieres of Wagner operas, and with his traditions and the years he had spent with Wagner he was able to produce absolutely authentic performances and interpretations. In 1893 he also conducted the American premiere of the 'New World' symphony by Anton Dvorak, who was his intimate friend." (Howard, p. 562) Howard's article also quotes H. T. Finck as the source of the fact that "None of the printed accounts of his life gives the names of his parents, and by some it was supposed that he was the natural son of Franz Liszt." (Howard, p. 561)
Sharland, John. B. Conductor of the choir below, which began as the Boylston Club, "but that has been only a small part of his labors. He is an organist of much ability, and as a teacher of music in the public schools is doing great work." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5 ) Sharland-b. Halifax, 1837-d. Boston, 1909. "Was early in Chickering's piano-factory, but turned to piano-playing and conducting, led many choral societies in or near Boston, and from 1870 was music-supervisor in the schools." (Grove, Am. Supp, p. 27) In 1861 he was organist of the West Church in Boston (built in 1806) whose congregation was "numerous, influential and wealthy, as may be inferred from the fact that during the past season -universally conceded to be the most trying and stringent in financial affairs ever experienced in this country-they have had a new organ erected, at the expense of about $5,000, which is entirely paid for." The choral music was supplied by a double quartet "arranged somewhat upon the antiphonal plan with four voices on each side." His wife was one of the altos. For hymn singing each side alternated verses with all eight voices joining for the final verse. "Mr. Sharland, who has been an amateur musician for many years, has now adopted it as a profession... He has considerable experience as an organist, and for the past six or seven years has officiated in this capacity at the West Church." (Dwight, October 12, 1861, p. 223)
Sharland Chorus. Another mixed choir in Boston whose membership in 1876 was c. 300 voices. It was part of the first Boston performance of Bach's Magnificat in D (1723) given at the Music Hall on March 1, 1876 together with the Thomas orchestra. The soloists were Mrs. H. M. Smith, Flora Barry, G. H. Oakes, William J. and John F. Winch with John Knowles Paine as the organist. (Johnson, p. 15)
Elson, "Musical Boston," Supplement to "Music and Drama," June 3, 1882. HMA Collection.
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 285.
Sherwood, William Hall. Born Lyons, New York, January 31, 1854. First teacher was his father, the Rev. L. H. Sherwood who had established "the Lyons Musical Academy at Lyons, N. Y. in 1854-the year which Mr. Sherwood was born. At an early age young Sherwood commenced the study of music under his father's instruction. In 1871 Mr. Sherwood went to Europe, where he studied with several eminent teachers, among them the illustrious Liszt." (Elson, Musical Boston, p. 5) His second American teacher was Dr. William Mason. Amy Fay wrote in 1872 - "There is a young fellow named Sherwood, who is only seventeen years old, and he not only plays splendidly but composes beautifully, also." (Fay, p. 170) "Sherwood is Kullak's pet and pride, and indeed, since his advent in the conservatory Kullak has shut up entirely on the subject of American want of talent." (Fay, p. 187) Fay further recorded: "Sherwood is going ahead like a young giant. Today Kullak said that Sherwood played Beethoven's E flat major concerto (the hardest of all Beethoven's concertos) with a perfection that he had rarely heard equaled. So much for being a genius, for he is still under twenty [Feb. 1873], and has only been abroad a year or two. But he studied with our best American master, William Mason, and played like an artist before he came. But, then, Sherwood has one enormous advantage that no master on earth can bestow, and that is, perfect confidence in himself." (Fay, pp. 192 and 193) Dwight reported: Mr. and Mrs. William Sherwood. "Both Americans, (the latter will be pleasantly remembered in this city as Miss Mary Fay) have lately given a concert in the Sing-Akademie in Berlin, of which the entire press there speaks in terms of highest praise." (Dwight, April 29, 1876, p. 223) Fay referred to Mrs. Sherwood as Mrs. Wrisley of Boston saying that she and Mrs. Wrisley left Kullak to study with Deppe at the same time. After successful concerts in Germany, Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood returned to America in 1876. After a "large and brilliant concert tour" of the States, they settled in Boston and began teaching. He "taught for a few years in the New England Conservatory, Boston, and then moved to New York" (Dic. Am. Bio., p. 103). In 1878 Mr. Sherwood gave ten piano recitals at his music rooms, No. 21 West Street, Boston, on Fridays at 3:30PM. Mrs. Sherwood played the orchestral reductions. These concerts were repeated on Monday evenings at 8PM. (HMA Program Collection) The soloists in the first Boston performance of the Bach's Concerto for Four Claviers in A Minor were "Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood, J. C. D. Parker, and Benjamin J. Lang." (Johnson, First, p. 10) This was presented at Mechanics Hall on April 1, 1880. "Since 1889 his chief work has been in the West, where his teaching... has made Chicago a centre for piano music... His concert tours have extended everywhere, north, southeast, and west. Canada and Mexico have heard him, as well as the United States. Every great symphonic orchestra in the country has had his services at one time or another. All together, it is not too much to say that the first American piano virtuoso is (and has been for many years) William H. Sherwood." (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., p. 285) "He was the first to play the Grieg concerto in America, and was the first soloist to appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under George Henschel... he possessed a flawless technique, delicacy and refinement of expression, and through musicianship. He rarely gave a recital without including one American composition... He had a large following as a teacher, especially through his summer courses at Chautauqua, N. Y., where for twenty-two years, from 1899 until his death, he was head of the piano department... He possessed a lovable nature, very affable, simple, and unpretentious. His first wife, Mary [Nielson] Fay, of Williamsburg, N. Y., to whom he was married in 1874 while a student in Berlin, was also a gifted student of Kullak, and they often played together successfully. His second wife, Estelle [Estella] F. Abrams... to whom he was married in 1887, was his student in Boston. He had three daughters by the first marriage, and two by the second" (Dic. Am. Bio., p. 104). In January and February 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood presented five piano concerts with assisting artists, George L. Osgood and members of the Boston Philharmonic Club. (HMA Program Collection) Mr. Sherwood played on seven different programs with the BSO during the seasons '81, '83, '84, '92, and '93 (which was equal to Lang's piano and organ appearances with the Symphony). (Howe, BSO, p. 258) Alfred Hollins mentions that during the 1888 tour of America the Principal of his College, Mr. Campbell discovered "an appliance called the Technicon, used for developing the muscles of the arms, hands, and fingers." (Hollins, p. 178) William Sherwood, "one of Boston's leading pianists and musicians "had been "keenly interested" in this device, and Campbell set Hollins to using it for an hour each day. (Ibid) However, Hollins had no patience for the device.
St. Botolph Club. "St. Botolph was founded in a golden epoch of the City of Boston. Arts, literature, music, architecture, clubs and public affairs, as well as the vast commercial, shipping and professional empires that supported them, were all experiencing a great flowering. Many of the eminent individuals connected with all these were original members of our Club. A 'Committee of Ten' had sent out invitations to several hundred friends and colleagues, and upon receiving an enthusiastic response, founded the Club on January 3rd., 1880." [Massachusetts Historical says January 10, 1880] First location "at 87 Boylston Street." (Williams, p. 32) "Members drawn from Boston's upper class... John Quincy Adams, Philips Brooks, Francis Parkman,[First President] William Dean Howells and Henry Cabot Lodge, H. H. A. Beach" and among musicians, "William Apthorp, George Chadwick, Philip Hale, and B. J. Lang... The St. Botolph Club, in particular, had artistic intensions from its inception... Concerts were also encouraged, and to that end they bought in 1882 a Chickering grand piano." (Blunsom, pp. 134 and 135) "The Club was to be inexpensive, with dues of not more than thirty dollars," (Williams, op. cit.) and there was to be no restaurant. Arthur Foote and George Parker (both members) performed Margaret's Deserted at a club function. (Blunsom. op. cit.) B. J. was "a Resident and Founding Member of the St. Botolph Club (January 1880)." (Howlett, e-mail, November 30, 2009) Other members of the Lang circle and their dates of joining include: Arthur Foote-January 1887; Philip Hale-May 1890; William F. Apthorp-1880, but William Foster Apthorp-March 1896 [?]; Allen Augustus Brown-June 1889; George Laurie Osgood was a founding member, January 1880; G. W. Sumner-1880; William Johnson Winch-1883. (Howlett, e-mail, January 4, 2010) In 1889 it was "situated on Newbury Street, and was modeled after the plan of the Century Club in New York. Its particular feature is its Saturday evening and monthly meetings, to which men eminent in literature and art are invited. Its gallery contains a choice collection of sculptures and pictures. It is noted for its musicales, "smoke talks" and theatricals. On Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons a stringed quartette not only plays a choice repertory, but also compositions by members of the club. These concerts are very popular and are one of the features of this peculiarly artistic club, whose membership is limited to men of literary and aesthetic tastes and pursuits," (Grieve, p.100) William Foster Apthorp sang the part of "Prof. J. Bolingbroke Smythe" in the musical farce "The Aesthetic Barber" presented at the Club on December 23, 1881. Dr. S. W. Langmaid sang "Charles Chestnut" and Mr. H. G. Pickering sang "Columbus Bunker. " (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 5) After a few years the club moved to larger quarters at 4 Newbury Street, "the site which is now the parking lot of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. It was just what they wanted; and they lived in it happily, if with increasing worries about financing it, for fifty-five years." (Williams, p. 33) This new location allowed for a new art gallery, and then a kitchen and dining room were added. In 1941 the Club moved to smaller quarters at 115 Commonwealth Avenue, on the "sunny side" of the street. A final move was made to 199 Commonwealth Avenue in 1972. (Club Website) The Club presented "John Singer Sargent's first one-man show in America in 1888. Works by Claude Monet were displayed in 1892, 1895, and 1899. Monet's first show in the United States was held in February 1891 at the Union Club in New York." (St. Botolph Club Records: Guide to the Collection, pp. 1 and 2. Massachusetts Historical Society)
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 693.
Frank Van der Stucken was born in Texas Oct.15, 1858 and when he was eight years old (1869 his parents took him to Antwerp where he studies with Peter Benoit in Antwerp; during 1876-78 resided primarily in Leipzig where he studied with Carl Reinecke, Grieg and Langer; later traveled in Europe; was active in Paris 1880-81; 1881-82 was engaged as kapellmeister at the Breslau Stadt Theater; in 1883 met Liszt (to whom he had been introduced by Grieg) at Weimar who arranged for him to present a concert solely of his own works; moved to New York in 1884 where he succeeded Leopold Damrosch as conductor of the Arion Society, a male chorus, which he conducted until 1895; gave a concert with this group during the 1884-85 season devoted exclusively to American works; during the 1887-88 season he gave a series of five concerts devoted entirely to American composers; at the July 12, 1889 concert at the Paris Exposition included songs of Margaret. "Upon the whole, it is not too much to say what (sic) at the present time of writing Mr. Van der Stucken is the most promising young conductor in this country." (Mathews-One Hundred, p. 694) He served as conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1895-1907; from 1906-1912 he conducted the biennial Cincinnati Music Festival, returning every two years from Europe where he went to live in 1908. (Mus. Am. Article, Nov. 25, 1922) He then spent most of his time in Europe until his death in Hamburg in 1929. He did return to the United States to conduct the May Festival in 1923 and then served as its Music Director in 1925 and 1927. The Mus Am article says that he returned to America in 1917.
Suck, Mr. F. A violinst active in Boston in the 1850s. (Dowell, p. 22)
Ryan, RECOLLECTIONS, plate opposite p. 262.
Sumner, George William. Born 1848-Died 1890. In 1876 listed as organist of the Arlington Street Church (Cong. Unit,) (Dwight, May 27, 1876, p. 240) Sumner was the soloist with the Orchestral Union in Mendelssohn's Capriccio in B Minor for Piano and Orchestra on Wednesday afternoon March 4, 1868. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 1) However Dwight recorded that Sumner made his debut at the Music Hall organ in the fall of 1869 "winning praise from those who know what organ playing should be." Sumner and another Lang pupil, Mr. G. Arthur Adams presented a concert at the Chickering Hall on September 30, 1869 where Lang provided a second piano accompaniment to the Concerto No. 5 by Beethoven with Adams as the soloist, and the Chopin Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 with Sumner as the soloist. Adams was described as: "Here is a still, pale Massachusetts boy, the first we ever knew of whom was hearing him on this occasion actually play with certainty and power and good aplomb the greatest of Concertos, the 'Emperor' of Beethoven." Sumner's performance was "even greater in respect to musical feeling... The whole air of both the young men was quiet, self-possessed, ingenuous and modest." (Dwight, October 9, 1869, p. 118) On December 26, 1872 Sumner was the soloist with the HMA Orchestra at the Music Hall in Chopin's Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21. Even though this day "came with the great snow-storm of the winter....The orchestra was full and well prepared; the programme one to charm away all thought of 'winter and rough weather.'" (Dwight, January 11, 1873, p. 366) Dwight felt that Sumner was well prepared, but that the work really did not suit him. "The only mistake was in the selection of the work...There is too much good stuff in him, to let this discourage him." (Ibid) By 1874 Sumner had connected with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club. Dwight recorded that he had accompanied Thomas Ryan in Schumann's Romances for Piano and Clarinet, Op. 94. At some point Sumner married Ryan's daughter. (Dwight, March 7, 1874, p. 191)
Thomas Ryan wrote: "My acquaintance with Mr. Sumner began when I was searching for good pianoforte teachers for the National College of Music. Inquiries made among the older artists usually brought out strong recommendations of 'young Sumner.' He therefore became one of our teachers, and it was not long before he married my oldest daughter." Ryan then reprinted from the Boston Transcript of August, 1890: "Mr. George W. Sumner was born of a musical family in Spencer, Mass., in 1848. He early showed his musical proclivities, and while still a child displayed enough talent to warrant his exhibition in public." His father, a music teacher and dealer in Worcester got his son the best teachers, the last being B. J. Lang. He soloed with the Harvard and Boston Symphony orchestras, played in chamber music, was organ/piano accompanist for the Handel and Haydn Society, the Cecilia, Apollo and Boylston clubs, and he served as Director of Music at Arlington Street Church for eighteen years. "Personally, he was a man of genial temperament, unaffected and sincere. He left a widow, the daughter of Mr. Thomas Ryan, and a young daughter."
Sumner conducted his Orpheus Club on the second evening of the May 1890 Hampden County Musical Association [Springfield, MA]. The main work was "Grieg's brilliant Discovery, in which Gardner L. Lamsom of Boston" sang the baritone solo. George Chadwick was the "drill-master of the chorus rehearsals," and also "conductor-in-chief of the concerts." Victor Herbert was his assistant. The management of the Festival assured the public the "irruption of bad manners and polygot vocalization" of the previous year would not be part of the 1890 event. (Springfield Republican, March 1, 1890, p. 4, GenBank) This was to be his last Festival. "Mr. E. Cutler, Jr., of the Apollo Club has been elected director of the Springfield Orpheus Club." (Herald, September 21, 1890, p. 19, GenBank) Thus Lang's influence was continued in this group.
Sumner died in August of 1890 and his funeral was held at Arlington Street Church. His Springfield choir sent a floral tribute: "It will be in the form of an antique harp, and it will stand five feet high...and on a scroll attached to the harp will appear four bars of music written in G clef." (Worcester Spy, August 19, 1890, p. 8, GenBank) The church, except for the galleries, was completely filled with friends and pupils. Lang played the organ, "his playing demonstrating rare feeling. He rendered two selections: an improvisation as the church was entered and at the close a solemn march from Beethoven's Third Symphony." Lang also sent "a wreath of ivy and wheat." Three of the bearers were his pianist friends, Arthur Foote, Joshua Phippin and Hiram Tucker, while the other three were members of the Springfield Orpheus Club. "There were also large delegations from musical societies throughout New England." (Springfield Republican, August 20, 1890, p. 7, GenBank) The Worcester Spy published an article drawing from various other papers. The Springfield Republican mentioned that he had published none of his own compositions, and that they were "chiefly settings of hymns and anthems and arrangements for his Boston choir.[Shades of Lang here] The Boston Post mentioned that Sumner had been a member of a quartet of pianists who had studied at about the same time with Lang-W. F. Apthorp, Arthur Foote and Hiram Tucker. Sumner had been a member of the Harvard Musical Association and the St. Botolph Club-probably in both cases his sponsor had been B. J. The Boston Transcript wrote: "Mr. Sumner's musical tastes, though refined and exacting, were broad and comprehensive. Personally he was a man of genial temperament, unaffected and sincere." (Worcester Spy, August 18, 1890, p. 8, GenBank) A Memorial Vesper Service was given at Arlington Street Churhc on Sunday, October 19, 1890. Three of his own pieces were included, but the titles were not given. "In one of Mr. Sumner's compositions was included a beautiful solo for Miss Edmands, and this was reverently and delightfully sung." The Pastor spoke of how Sumner was really a Minister of music, and that he was willing to practice that calling whenever needed. "If he was needed in the Sunday School, or at a Lenten Service, he was always there, ready for any work that he could be called upon." (Journal, October 20, 1890, p. 4, GenBank)
Dwight wrote for the Transcript about the November 25th. 1890 Memorial Concert for Sumner held at the Music Hall. "The great Hall was at least two-thirds filled with sympathetic, serious listeners. Nearly all the leading singers, pianists, teachers, composers, and high-class musicians of our city, lent their aid most heartily to the carrying out of a significant and worthy programme." B. J. was among them (Ryan, Recollections, pp. 264-266) Among the 32 musicians listed as giving "their services for this occasion" were Carl Baermann, George W. Chadwick, Arthur Foote, Miss Gertrude Franklin, Edward A. MacDowell, Ethelbert Nevin, Arthur Nikisch, Ernst Perabo, Joshua Phippen, H. G. Tucker, B. L. Whelpley, Arthur Whiting and William J. Winch. Tickets were three dollars. (BPL Lang Prog., 6642) Lang's contribution to this event was as part of a quartet of pianists at two pianos who played Les Contrastes, Opus 115 by Moscheles; the other three pianists were Baermann, Nikisch and Perabo. (6643) The Bach Concerto in C Minor for Two Pianos was played by Mr. Foote and Mr. Tucker with Mr. Whelpley playing Dresel's arrangement of the string accompaniment. (MYB 1890-91, p. 24) This great number of performers in the concert reflects on Sumner's honored position in Boston's musical life.
In the early 1870s Sumner was the organist for many of the Salem Oratorio Society concerts which was led by Carl Zerrahn, and his contribution was acknowledged in most reviews.
In February 1874 Lang was part of a "Pianoforte recital" at the Worcester County Music School where Sumner was listed as a teacher, playing the solo part in Mendelssohn's Concerto in G Minor together with two solos, Nocturne in C Minor, Opus 48 by Chopin and Lang's own Caprice in C Major. Lang finished the concert with Liszt's transcription of Weber's Polonaise in E Minor. (6544) In December 1875 Sumner joined "Mr. B. D. Allen of Worcester, one of the teachers" at NEC in performing Schubert's Divertissement as one of the musical illustrations that Allen gave in a lecture about Schubert. (Dwight, December 11, 1875, p. 142) Sumner soloed with the HMA Orchestra in the fall of 1877. "Mr. Sumner played the brilliant, piquant, Krakowiak [Op. 14] of Chopin very neatly and distinctly, showing a thorough study and a right conception of it, and bringing out many of its quaint melodic motives and great vividness and fineness. The only failure was of strength of touch; there was a lack of resonance for so large a space [Music Hall]." (Dwight, December 8, 1877, p. 142) In December 1878 Sumner presented "one of the most delightful of the smaller concerts of the season at Mechanics' Hall on Monday evening, December 16." He was assisted by the Mendelssohn Quintette Club, and his piano solos included "Tausig's extremely difficult arrangement of the Toccata and Fugue in G Minor by Bach, which showed a remarkable development of his powers as a pianist-now taking rank among our foremost ones." (Dwight, January 18, 1979, p. 15)
B. J. probably proposed Sumner for membership in the Harvard Musical Association where he seems to have taken an active part as a performer. The report for the March 1, 1878 social meeting has him performing duets with his fellow Lang pupil, Tucker, twice in the program: "Two short 4-hand pieces by Heinrich Hoffman," and a Grotesque Chinese Overture to Turandot by Weber (HMA Bulletin No. 11). An announcement dated August 1, 1872 listed Sumner as the accompanist for a "Grand Musical Combination" which was formed by the "celebrated English soprano, Madame Erminia Rudersdorff" who had come to Boston the year before as a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society and then with the "Great Peace Jubilee." She and her husband, a "barytone," and a contralto also from England were the vocalists, and the ensemble also included a violinist. "In the case of societies wishing to give Oratorios, and requiring a first-class tenor singer, Mr. G. L. Osgood, who has just returned from Europe, may be engaged upon special additional terms with Madame Rudersdorff's party." Mr. Sumner was also listed as the conductor in the various sample programs that were provided: "Ballad Concert, German repertoire, Sacred Selection, and Operatic " (HMA Program Collection). Listed among the Lang pupils "who deserve mention because of musical prominence," Sumner was described as "a teacher and pianist of much capability." (Elson, Supplement, p. 3) Lang may also have sponsored Sumner's membership in the St. Botolph Club which he joined in 1880, remaining a member until his death in 1890. (1905 membership List, p. 58) Sumner received a very good notice in an article written by Elson in March 1884, probably for the Musical Courier. "At Mr. Sumner's concert I had barely an opportunity to hear the Rubinstein Sonata, Op. 18, for cello and piano, in which Mr. Giese proved again that he is probably the greatest violoncellist in America, and was ably seconded by the power and breadth of Mr. Sumner's playing." (Cecilia Programs, Vol. 2)
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Tavern Club. Founded 1884. Musician members included "Frederick Converse, Timothee Adamowski, Arthur Foote and Charles Loeffler." (Blunsom, p. 134) "One of Boston's most novel clubs is the Tavern Club, on Boylston Place. It was started in behalf of good cookery by a few professional men... Its members are mostly lawyers, doctors, bankers, and literary men. At its famous dinners all stiffness is put aside, and boyish good humor is the prevailing spirit... This club has a sort of international character, and has entertained some of the leading professional men of Europe... Its frolics are never made public, though they are all of a clean and elevated character." (Grieve, p. 101) There are two legends concerning the formation of this club. The first is that "the Club owed its formation to a man who ate with his toes" while the second was "that the man who proposed the idea of forming such a club was not himself admitted to membership. There is some truth behind these legends. A group of young men - doctors, painters, and others of like bent - had formed the habit of dining together at restaurants in the neighborhood of Park Square. On one occasion, so it is said, a troupe of vaudeville freaks invaded the place, and the armless wonder fed himself with his toes. This was too much for the founding Taverners and they determined to find themselves their own table in their own private room. The second legend centered around an Italian teacher who proposed the idea of the club but whom the others didn't especially care for. So when the Tavern was founded this man was left out." (Williams, p. 39) Another explanation was; "A few clever men found the Somerset Club too smart and the Union Club too dull." (Ibid) The Somerset Club had the movers and shakers while the Union Club members were those who managed the money of the Somerset members. "The Tavern started, like so many others, as a dining club of youthful and congenial spirits. They soon came to roost in rooms at No. 1 Park Square under the friendly studio of Frederick Porter Vinton... In the first fall months of 1884 they gave dinners in honor of Gericke, conductor of the Boston Symphony, Edmund Gosse, the author, and Henry Irving, the actor. All this was to set the pattern for the future. Within three years they bought and moved into the house at 4 Boylston Place... there, in expanded quarters and despite a severe fire in 1956, they still  hold forth... Mr. Howe records a visiting Englishman saying: 'I had been told that American clubs were rather informal - but my word!' This may have been the same Englishman who is supposed to have reported to a circle at the Somerset Club the spectacle of a half-naked, tattooed member lunching at the Tavern. He is said to have received the reply: 'What, only one?'" (Williams, pp. 40 and 41)
Taylor, Deems. "Was once a vaudeville comic." (Grant, p. xx) Also his "first wife later had an affair with Gilbert Seldes, then married a Spanish fascist and became the Nazi counterpoint of Tokyo Rose, making Axis broadcasts from Berlin as the infamous 'Georgia Peach.'" (Grant, p. xxi)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, frontispiece.
Upton, MUSICAL MEMORIES, published 1908, facing p. 182.
Thomas, Theodore. "b. Oct. 11, 1835 in Esens, Hanover; d. January 5, 1905 in Chicago. See biography by Charles Edward Russell, The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas (New York, 1927)." (Sablosky, p. 304) Thomas conducted Margaret's Witichis Overture at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago; he also had lent to B. J. from his Chicago orchestra the bells he needed for the 1891 performance of Parsifal.
"Not merely the first American conductor, Theodore Thomas was without doubt the most important pioneer of the symphony orchestra in the United States... Thomas was a dynamo, a born leader, and when he decided in 1862 'to form an orchestra for concert purposes,' the history of the American symphony orchestra began."
"Thomas came to New York from Germany at age ten, and in his teens, largely self-taught, was already earning his way as a violinist. He played in Jullien's orchestra in 1853, gained membership in the New York Philharmonic Society... Impatient with the Philharmonic Society's narrow scope, Thomas determined, at twenty-seven to organize an orchestra of his own and to devote his energies 'to the cultivation of the public taste for orchestral music.' ...His concerts were an immediate and unqualified success. But the hoped-for benefactor did not soon appear. For nearly thirty years Thomas strove to realize his goal of the permanent, independent orchestra; it was a heroic struggle that culminated in the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1891, under Thomas' leadership and according to his plan." (Sablosky, p. 71) "He traveled on horseback and carried a pistol... Busy though it was, the Thomas Orchestra could not offer steady employment unless it toured, and so it did. Thomas' core itinerary of twenty-eight cities in twelve states became known as the 'Thomas Highway.' Performing in sundry auditoriums, railroad stations, and churches, Thomas offered overtures and dances as an enticement for symphonic masterworks, doled out one movement at a time... The showman in Theodore Thomas owed something to the examples of Jullien and Gilmore. Thomas had been one of Jullien's first violins... Beethoven and Wagner were the 'pillars' of Thomas' programs... Thomas' orchestra was a model of Germanic discipline and polish." Anton Rubinstein said that "I know of but one orchestra that can compare with that of Theodore Thomas, and that is the orchestra of the national conservatory of Paris... In Thomas, the conductor, catholic program-maker, and educator were a unity." (Horowitz, pp. 34-36) "Thomas organized his own professional orchestra in New York in December of 1864. As a pioneer in the art of building an entire program in which each piece bore some relationship to the others on the concert, Thomas was very successful... Thomas tried to achieve a balance between giving the public popular music and introducing new and difficult works. He was not adverse to programming light music," but he also championed Wagner, "when that composer was virtually unknown in this country. For example, in 1870, Thomas's orchestra preformed the Ride of the Valkyies for the first time in the United States. (Tischler, p. 51) Thomas commissioned Wagner at a fee of $5,000 for a Grand Inaugural March for the concert series he planned for the 1876 Exposition in Philadelphia. These concerts financed privately with Thomas taking much of the risk. The Wagner work was a dud, and Thomas's concert series "lost so much money... that his entire music library, including scores, books, and arrangements, even his music stand and baton, were sold at a sheriff's auction." (Op. cit., p. 56) However "there was some small help forthcoming. Dr. Franz Zinzer of New York purchased Thomas's entire collection at the auction for $1,400. In 1878 he presented it to Mrs. Thomas for her husband's use... Thomas began almost immediately to reorganize his orchestra and to give concerts throughout the United States.." (Ibid) For the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago the funding for concerts was part of the overall budget and Thomas was paid to be the overall Director of Music. Thomas conducted the Exposition Festival orchestra "which ranged in size from 100 to 150 players" in three different concert series during the six months of the event. A "festival Hall Series of twenty-seven concerts between May 22 and August 5 appealed to popular tastes. There were numerous choral concerts... Orchestral music by Richard Wagner occupied an important place on the programs in this series, as, by 1893, the American audience was beginning to develop a fondness for the music of the genius of Bayreuth, thanks in part to the earlier efforts of Theodore Thomas" and also B. J. Lang. "In general, American composers were only modestly represented on this series... But there was considerably more music by American composers on the programs of the Popular orchestra Sweries of fifty-three concerts between May 3 and August 11." Margaret's Overture Witichis was presented on July 29 at this series. (Op. cit., p. 61) "Performances of Thomas's orchestra were supplemented by guest appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphony Society, and the Cincinnati Festival Orchestra in this thirty-six concert series... On August 4 Thomas and his orchestra presented three compositions that had been submitted to the examining committee chosen to review works in answer to the call for music that Thomas had issued in late 1892 [B. J. Lang was a member of this Committee]. Margaret Ruthven Lang's Witichis was part of that concert." (Op. cit., p. 62)
Ticknor, Howard Malcolm. Assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly under James Russell Lowell, the poet, who was the Atlantic's first editor. Ticknor doubled at the same time as music critic for three different Boston papers. In January 1866 he "retired from the musical department of the 'Advertiser,' and became the critic of the Saturday Evening 'Gazette.'" (BMT, January 6, 1866, p. 4)
Was advertised as being c. 1910, and the comment was made about no cars in the picture, only horse drawn vehicles. First complete building on the right has the sign "Weber Pianos" on both the two windows at the second floor level. The next building has "Estey Organs" on the two windows at the third level. After the third complete building is the entrance to the Tremont Theater, which is the last building in that block. The buildings to the left foreground are the entrances to the Boylston Station Underground-the intersection of Tremont and Boylston being just behind the back of the viewer as this photo was taken. Johnston Collection.
Another view-the Tremont Theatre is just beyond the pink awning. Weber Pianos awning can be seen, incomplete, in the very lower right. Johnston Collection.
Postmarked 1909. First floor: "Tremont Theatre" facing the street, and Show title: "Klaw & Erlancer, Advanced Vaudeville" facing the side walk. Sign facing the side walk at the third floor adversising "Dance Academy-Social, Classes, Private Lessons Daily." Sign on the roof repeating thetitle of the current show. Johnston Collection.
Top half of a postcard showing the same view of Tremont Street in 1843 and 1907. (1843 obviously taken from the painting below) Tremont Temple, on the right is quite different from the 1896 building that stands today. This building was opened September 24, 1827 as the Tremont Theatre, but during its 16 year use for entertainment it never turned a profit. It was designed by the architect Isaiah Rogers in the Greek Revival style. On December 28, 1843 the Free Church Baptists bought the building and renamed the building the Tremont Temple. There were fires in 1852, 1879 and 1893.(Wikipedia, September 8, 2013) Johnston Collection.
"Tremont Temple" c. 1843, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Painted by Philip Harry, an American, born in England. Note the front of King's Chapel just two more buildings away. Wikipedia article on the "Tremont Theatre." September 8, 2013.
Tremont Temple c. 1851. In George Adams, "The Boston Directory For the Year 1851," p. 68. Note the "Boston Musical Gazette" had an office here.
King's HANDBOOK OF BOSTON, 1878, p. 229. This building burned in 1879. "The main hall, 120 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 50 feet high, has deep galleries, and is capable of seating about 2,000 people. Beneath it is a smaller hall, called Meionaon, with seats for 800 people." (King's, p. 229)
King's Handbook of Boston, 4th. Edition, 1881. Wikipedia, August 7, 2013. This instrument is the 1880 E. & G. G. Hook and Hastings instrument, IV/51 stops, Opus 975 which was destroyed in the fire of 1893. The organ below is the 1896, Jesse Woodberry 3-manual, 40-stop instrument. The current pipe organ (non functioning) is a Casavant, Opus 937 4-manual which was installed in 1923 within the Woodberry case.
There have been four buildings on this same Tremont Street site: The first three had large Hook & Hastings organs, and all burned down. The first was "Hook #64, 1845, 3m, 36 speaking stops; burned in 1852." The second was "Hook #149, 1853, 4m, 53 speaking stops; burned in 1879." The third was "Hook and Hastings #975, 4m, 51 speaking stops; burned in 1893." (Barbara Owen, e-mail Oct. 23, 2013) Lang was one of four organists who dedicated the 1853 instrument, and he and Whitney "each played half a program for the opening of the 1880 one." (Ibid)
Johnston Collection. Postcard postmarked 1910. The organ console is one the right side in the choir loft.
Johnston Collection. Postcard mailed in 1947. The description on the back states: "The present building, the fourth to be erected upon this site, was dedicated in 1896 and contains one of the largest and most beautiful church auditoriums in New England, having a capacity of more than 2500. Among its attractions is the Casavant organ, so constructed with echoes and attachments that it is possible for a player to duplicate the tones of many instruments." It looks like there is a grand piano to the left, under the first balcony, and at the same level as the rostrum chairs.
Johnston Collection. No postmark. The description on the back mentions "The famous D. L. Moody described the church 'as the pulpit of America.'" Converse Hall, shown here, is one of the largest and most beautiful auditoriums in New England. The great 96 stop Casavant organ is seen in the center of the picture.
Close view of the very ornate ceiling. Copyright 1898.
1907 magazine picture of the building at 82 Tremont Street that replaced an earlier Temple after its 1893 fire. This building was opened in May 1896. Johnston Collection.
BOSTON MANUAL, 1888. p. 18
This would be the arrangement after the 1872 remodeling and before the 1893 fire.
Clark's Boston Blue Book, 1888, p. 316. Seating Capacity - 2,528.
Clark's Boston Blue Book, 1888, p. 317.
Tremont Temple. The first building at 88 Tremont Street was a playhouse built by a group of wealthy Bostonians. It was designed by Isaiah Rogers in the Greek Revival style, and opened on September 24, 1827. Even though big-name performers appeared, it never was profitable for its 16 years as a theatre. The Free Church Baptists bought the building in late 1843 and renamed it the Tremont Temple, and it was used primarily by the church, but was also let out for other functions. It suffered from fires in 1852, 1879 and 1893 when it was rebuilt in its present form which opened in 1896. "Designed by architect Clarence Blackall, it was intended to be a church with an auditorium suitable for business purposes. The building originally had stores on the ground floor and commercial offices on the upper floors. Revenue from business rents and rental of the auditorium for concerts enabled the church to continue to provide free seats to all worshipers. At various times films were exhibited at Tremont Temple, though commercial leasing ended in 1956." (These first sentences from the Wikipedia article downloaded on December 28, 2009)
"Boston has six theaters and three concert halls, two of which can seat thirty-five hundred persons. It is in one of these, the Tremont, that I gave my concerts. It is in my opinion the best for hearing and the most magnificent concert hall in the world."-Quote from Gottschalk dated February 26, 1864. (Tawa, From Psalm, p. 112) In the fall of 1872 it was noted: "Tremont Temple is being thoroughly remodeled. Opera chairs are being substituted for the settees, and other changes are making it a most elegant and comfortable-as it is commodious-music hall. Its fine organ is being put in excellent condition, and will be furnished with the Hydraulic Motor and Meter Association's improved Organ Blower. T. P. Ryder is the organist...We wish, while the improvements are being made, that the stage could be reconstructed so as to admit of scenery being put in, for operatic performances. The Temple would make an admirable opera-house." (Dexter Smith, September 1872, p. 204) "Tremont Temple will be re-opened, Sept. 24th  with a grand concert by the Mendelssohn Quintet Club, assisted by Miss Edith Abell - her first appearance since her return from Europe-; Sig. Vincenzo Cirillo, - his debut in America; Mr. W. Whitney-first appearance since his return from London-; Mr. B. J. Lang; Mr. Charles Hamm and Mr. Rudolph Hennig." (Dexter Smith, October 1872, p. 232) In his October 5, 1872 issue Dwight wrote: "Tremont Temple, clean and bright with fresh paint and ornament, casting off its old gloomy aspect, and much more comfortable as to seating, was reopened on Tuesday evening, September 24, with a concert on the part of the new 'National College of Music,' just established within the walls of the Temple, Mr. Thomas Ryan, Director." (Dwight, October 5, 1872, p. 318) This building replaced an older building that had burned on the night of March 31, 1852. Very soon after the fire, a new hall was begun with "an average of 75 hands or more being constantly employed on it... the new Temple is an immense structure... the building covers an area of 94 feet front by 136 feet deep, and is 75 feet high in the front... The building, as may be supposed from its immense size, contains most extensive accommodations for both public and private uses. In the first place, there is the principal hall, or Temple, which... will have seats for nearly 2,500 persons. Next, there is a smaller hall, or temple, capable of seating from 800 to 1,000 persons; and, adjacent to this, is a third hall, designed for... 300 persons... the grand hall, or temple - This is to be a noble room... 124 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 50 feet high. It has a gallery on three sides of it, but one that projects over the seats only about seven feet; and being entirely supported by trusses, there is nothing to obstruct the view of the platform from any part of the hall... Back of the stage, in a recess, is to be placed a noble organ, one of the largest, if not the largest ever built in the United States. The Messrs, Hooks are the builders... the floor of the main hall is to rise from about the center, so as to afford every person in the hall an unobstructed view of the platform... The seats on the floor are to be placed in a semi-circular form from the front of the platform, so as to bring every face towards the speaker or singer. The seats, which are all to be numbered, are to be the most convenient and comfortable kind, each slip capable of holding ten or twelve persons, with an aisle at each end, and open through from end to end." (Dwight, February 26, 1853, pp. 162 and 163) Nineteen years later the building was remodeled. "Tremont Temple is being thoroughly remodeled. Opera chairs are being substituted for the settees, and other changes are making it a most elegant and comfortable-as it is commodious-music hall. Its fine organ is being put in excellent condition, and will be furnished with the Hydraulic Motor and Meter Association's improved Organ Blower. T. P. Ryder is the organist... We wish, while the improvements are being made, that the stage could be reconstructed so as to admit of scenery being put in, for operatic performances. The Temple would make an admirable opera-house." (Dexter Smith's, September 1872, p.l 204) "Tremont Temple will be re-opened, Sept. 24th., with a grand concert by the Mendelssohn Quintette, assisted by Miss Edith Abell-her first appearance since her return from Europe-; Sig. Vincenzo Cirillo,-his debut in America; Mr. W. Whitney-first appearance since his return from London; Mr. B. J. Lang; Mr. Charles Hamm and Mr. Rudolph Henning." (Dexter Smith's, October 1872, p. 232) "During the summer of 1879 that hall was destroyed by fire and the Cecilia was driven for the next season to the Music Hall." (Cecilia Program Clippings) The organ building firm of Hook and Hastings "erected in 1880" an instrument of "4 manuals, 65 stops, and 3,442 pipes, beside 10 pedal movements, including a grand cresendo, like that in the Music Hall organ, Cincinnati. In size it is excelled by several organs in this country, but in artistic completeness and perfection it is second to none." (Jones, p. 76) Lang and Mr. S. B. Whitney demonstrated the instrument in a "private exhibition, numerously attended, on Friday evening, October 8, 1880." Lang opened the concert with "that grand, full-flowing, five-part Fantasia in G Major of Bach, with its sparkling prelude, which Mr. Lang used to play some years ago on the great organ of the Music Hall," and the "was followed by an exquisitely sweet and tender movement from Bach's Pastorale in F. The former showed the full organ...the latter was played upon a stop so soft, and delicate, that, with some noise around, we found it difficult to hear parts of it. Then came one of Schumann's fugues on the letters of Bach's name." It was left to Whitney to display the "Stentorphone" and "Tuba Mirabilis" "which he casually let loose," and whose tones were "of startling solidity and loudness, such as might wake the dead." (Dwight, October 23, 1880, p. 174) In an another article in the same issue Dwight mentioned that this new instrument was the fourth built by Messrs. E. & G. G. Hook and Hastings for the Temple. "The two large ones which preceeded it in 1846 and 1853 having been burned in 1852 and 1879 respectively... In the matter of size it is exceeded by several in the city", but "in thoroughness of constrcution, it is outranked by none... It bears a strong resemblence to the most famous French instruments, and it will be found especially adapted for the performance of transcriptions of orchestral compositions... As for its sound, we can safely say that it gave great satisfaction to those who take most delight in brilliancy." (Dwight, October 23, 1880, p. 175)
Tucker, Hiram G. November 11, 1851(Birth Certif.)-1932. He went with the Langs to Europe in November 1869. In 1871 he was described as "an accomplished pupil of Mr. Lang" when he played at the 145th. concert given by the New England Conservatory at Wesleyan Association Hall in Bromfield Street. (Dwight, March 25, 1871, p. 423) At the Dedication of a new concert hall at 409 Washington Street on December 3, 1870 Lang played the solo in Mendelssohn's Concerto in G Minor Opus 25 with Tucker providing the orchestral reduction. (BPL Lang Prog Vol. 1) In May 1875 "Mr. H. G. Tucker's Concert at Mechanics Hall (Wednesday evening May 6) was an occasion of considerable interest... Mr. Tucker, well known as one of the most accomplished pupils of Mr. Lang, gave ample evidence of steadfast improvement in all these various renderings. He is an earnest student, and quite unaffected; and his great strength, which serves him so well, is accompanied by great self-possession, and is becoming also more refined into as delicacy of style resembling his master's. His execution is indeed quite remarkable, and often brilliant." (Dwight, May 29, 1875, p. ??)
On December 7, 1875 the Rev. Edward E. Hale married Tucker (aged 24) and Jeannie Donaldson (aged 20). (Marriage certif.)
Tucker and Arthur Foote shared a concert at Mechanic's Hall on May 3, 1876 which Dwight did not attend, but "which we learn was very successful." Together they played the Variations on a Theme of Beethoven by Saint-Saens "which was introduced in Mr. Lang's concert," and he soloed in the Introduction and Allegro, Op. 154 by Schumann, "which he had played before with orchestra in one of the last Harvard Concerts." Possibly at the suggestion of B. J. Lang, "Miss Lillian Bailey sang." (Dwight, May 13, 1876, p. 231) Mr. and Mrs. Tucker again went to Europe with the Langs in 1876. In a "Benefit Concert for the sufferers from yellow fever at Savannah and other Southern cities" given at the Music Hall on Monday evening, October 16, 1876, Tucker was one of the assisting artists who gave their services for free." (Dwight, October 14, 1876, p. 319) Tucker was listed as the conductor of the Newton Musical Association's performance of Haydn's Creation on December 16, 1878. Fellow Lang student John A. Preston was the pianist, and Dr. S. W. Langmaid and John F. Winch were among the soloists. (BPL Music Hall Prog., Vol. 2) For the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra concert on December 19, 1879, Tucker, "who came in at a day's warning when the committee was disappointed by a singer, generously sacrificed himself in some degree to give us the not too common pleasure of hearing a Mozart Concerto. This one in A major is very beautiful [No. 23, K. 488, Johnson, p. 268]... The brilliant, strong, young virtuoso did not seem to feel quite in his element... taken as a whole it is a rich and beautiful Concerto. Mr. Tucker had his chance for strength and brilliancy in Tansig's transcription of the 'Ride of the Walkuren.'" (Dwight, January 18, 1879, p. 15) The Mozart concerto and the Wagner-Tausig were both Boston premiers. (Ibid) So it would seem that when Lang himself was not presenting premiers, he was preparing his students to do so! Tucker continued to present a recital each spring. On Thursday afternoon, May 20, 1880 he played at Mechanics' Hall assisted by the tenor Mr. Charles R. Adams. He began with the "the novelty of the occasion," the Rubinstein Sonata in A Minor, Op. 100, which was "three quarters of an hour,-a length seldom reached by a grand Symphony." Dwight missed the first two movements, but of the final two movements, he reported: "It offered a plenty of difficulties, and called for great strength and endurance in the interpreter, to which Mr. Tucker proved himself abundantly equal." Of the Chopin pieces Dwight wrote: "In the two Chopin Preludes, [E Flat Major and E major] Mr. Tucker showed more of grace and delicacy than was his wont. The Concert Allegro in A Major of Chopin was played with great brilliancy and freedom. " (Dwight, June 19, 1880, p. 102) On Friday evening April 1, 1881 the venue was Chickering Hall at 156 Tremont Street; and on Monday evening March 20, 1882 again at Chickering Hall. In each of these three recitals one vocalist appeared as an assisting artist. (BPL Music Hall Prog, Vol. 5) Dwight's comment of the 1881 concert was: "Mr. H. G. Tucker, the strong and brilliant young pianist, never appeared to better advantage than in the concert which he gave at Chickering's on Friday, April 1." (Dwight, April 23, 1881, p. 69) Tucker gave two performances at 152 Tremont Street on March 31 and April 7, 1884. Assisting artists were Mr. Wulf Fries, Mr. Edward Schorman and Mr. De Ribas. The programs were all chamber works-Tucker played no piano solos. (Program, Foote Scrapbooks)
Tucker was soloist with the BSO during the Second Season (1882-83: Henschel), during the Sixth Season (1886-87: Gericke), and during the tenth Season (1890-91: Nikisch) (BSO Programs 1881-96) At a Boston Art Club concert on Monday evening March 4, 1889 Tucker and Lang played An der Nixenquelle Opus 29 for two pianos by Templeton-Strong, and they finished the concert with the Variations on a Theme of Beethoven by St. Saens. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 5) Tucker advanced to being a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra when he played the Sgambati Concerto for Piano in G Minor, Op. 15 on November 1, 1890 conducted by Arthur Nikisch during the Symphony's Tenth Season. (Musical Year Book, 1890-91, p. 9) Lang had prepared Tucker for this appearance by having him play the work the previous March 10, 1890 at the opening concert of Lang's Third Season of "Piano-Concerto Concerts" at Chickering Hall. (Musical Year Book, 1889-90, p. 13)
Probably Lang proposed him for membership in the Harvard Musical Association. In the report of the March 1, 1878 social meeting of the club, Tucker joined fellow Lang pupil in piano duets: "Two short pieces by Heinrich Hoffmann, and a "Grotesque Chinese Overture to Turandot" by Weber. (HMA Bulletin No. 11) At the Friday, December 17th. meeting he played piano solos and joined with Arthur Foote in works for four-hands. (Ibid) During the 1889 season he performed with Wulf Fries, the cellist. (Ibid) Listed among Lang's pupils "who deserve mention because of musical prominence," was Tucker "whose excellent work we have recently [c. 1882] recorded in the columns of this journal." (Elson, Supplement, p. 3) At some point he also soloed with the HMA orchestra. (HMA Bulletin No. 5, p. 6) In early March 1890 Tucker played the solo part to the Concerto in G Minor Opus 15 by Sgambati in one of Lang's "Concerto Concerts," and this led to his appearance with the BSO in late October of the same year playing the same piece. However Hale felt: "It is a thankless work for the player, as severe a task for him to play as for the audience to hear." (Hale Crit., Vol. 1) Tucker was the pianist for the 1895-96 season of the Handel and Haydn Society-Lang's first year as conductor. (6656-Annual Meeting Address, May 25, 1896) But, he had also appeared with the Society during the 1894-95 Season as pianist in the April 12, 1895 performance of Bach's Passion Music with Lang as the organist. One assumes that his role was as the continuo player. (History-1911, p. 49) Before this he had "played the pianoforte accompaniments to the recitatives with admirable judgment in the March 31, 1893 performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion." (History-1911, p. 31) Just a few days later, on April 2, 1893 he was the pianist for Handel's Samson with Lang as organist and an orchestra of 57. (Ibid) This may be the same H. G. Tucker who founded a singing club in 1900, which then became the "Boston Singing Club" in 1901 which "was a mixed chorus for the performance of music of all schools, including modern choral works, oratorios, and a cappella music of the 16th and 17th centuries, but without attempt to reproduce conditions of older times. It is supported by associate memberships, and the sale of tickets, and gives three concerts annually, each preceded by public rehearsals for music students." (Grove's, 1921, p. 369)
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Union Hall. 18 Boylston Street; but the Boston Blue Book of 1909 says the address was 48 Boylston and that the seating capacity was 502. This was a recital hall that was part of the Christian Union Building. The rental rates were: For all day or evening, without scenery - $30. For morning or afternoon, without scenery - $20.
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 373.
Upton, George Putnam. 1834-1919. "Celebrated critic of the Chicago Tribune was born at Roxbury, Mass., October 25, 1834. He graduated at Brown University." NAT. BIOG says he graduated from Brown University in 1854 and taught school for a year in Plymouth, MA. He then moved to Chicago  and began a career in journalism. "From 1856 to 1862 he was city editor of the Evening Journal, and during this period he started the first distinctive musical column that had appeared in any of the Chicago papers... In 1862 Mr. Upton took the post of city editor of the Chicago Tribune, and also performed the duties of musical critic... This latter department he gradually enlarged, and commenced printing musical intelligence from abroad. He remained in this capacity until about 1882." One of major works was WOMEN IN MUSIC. (Mathews, A Hundred Years, pp. 371 and 372) "In 1862 he went south as war correspondent. He was the first president of the Apollo Musical Club, which was founded after the fire of 1872... Among his writings are... STANDARD ORATORIOS, STANDARD CANTATAS, and THE LIFE OF THEODORE THOMAS." (Nat. Bio., p. 419) "Upton was a total musical amateur who did not even play an instrument, but he was a booster and activist for local performing ensembles... As a music critic Upton wrote under the pseudonym 'Peregrine Pickle'." (Grant, p. 73)
Elson, HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC, p. 308.
Ryan, facing p. 164.
Urso, Camilla. Born 1842 in Nantes, France; died New York, January 20, 1902; child prodigy; age seven became the first girl admitted to the Paris Conservatoire; came to USA in 1852 at the age of ten; toured with the Germania Musical Society; 1855 stopped concertizing and retired to Nashvile to practice; resumed career in 1863 (Am. Grove, Vol. 4, p. 439). She was the soloist in a Philharmonic concert early in February 1863. "The Music Hall was very nearly filled; the return of the lady violinist, Camilla Urso, for the first time since her child triumphs here in 1853 and 1854, proving as great an attraction to the many, as the Beethoven Symphony was to more than a few." Dwight noted the "exceeding purity and finesse of Camilla's playing, which constituted a positive artistic pleasure in itself," and he described "her pale, serious, intellectual face, beautiful and childlike still when seen in front and at some distance, the melancholy dark eyes, the calm dignity of pose and manner, the beautiful movement of her bow arm, and the perfect truth and purity of every tone, assured you, in the first three or four bars, of a real, finished artist, and from that moment to the end of her playing the whole great audience listened with a silence that is itself a remarkable sensation... It was a great treat to hear Camilla Urso again, and a particular satisfaction to find for once the promise of a 'wonder-child' so finely realized in artist womanhood." (Dwight, February 14, 1863, pp. 366 and 367) On the following Wednesday Urso appeared with the Orchestral Union playing the same material that she had played with the Philharmonic with the result that "every corner of the house was filled." (Dwight, February 14, 1863, p. 367) Lang was one of the assisting artists when Urso gave her Farewell Concert on Saturday, May 16, 1863 before leaving for Europe. "It will certainly be an occasion of great interest, being the last chance we shall have to hear her for at least several years." (Dwight, May 16, 1863, p. 31) Dwight's review of this concert mentioned that "Mr. Lang's aid was most efficient in the brilliant Duos; and he made admirable choice in the three pieces that he interpreted alone [Prelude in E Minor - Mendelssohn, Fugue in E Minor - Handel and Rondo Capriccio, Op. 44 - Mendelssohn]." Dwight wrote that the purpose of Urso's European stay was to "hear and learn as much new music as possible for several years to come, and then return to us with a rich repertoire of classical as well as merely concert music. (Dwight, May 30, 1863, p. 39) It was reported in 1865: "Camilla Urso, the admired violinist, was recently reported in London, and has gone to Germany, intending to study some time with Vieuxtemps in Frankfort and then make the tour of Europe." (BMT, November 4, 1865, p. 162) In 1866: "Camilla Urso has won triumphs in Paris surpassing any of her successes here. For her performances of classical music, she has received the congratulations of such great characters as Gounod, Rossini, Auber, Liszt, Sivori, Leopold de Meyer, Vieuxtemps, and others. She has played before the Emperor and Empress at the court concerts." (BMT, June 2, 1866, p. 83) The Chicago critic, George Upton recorded: "She began playing the violin in her sixth year. I think when I first met and heard her she was about fourteen, and she appeared on the stage as if born to it. Even as a child Camilla Urso was an extraordinary player, with a remarkable technic as well as purity of tone. I next heard her in 1866, when she played in a Philharmonic concert in Chicago, and again in 1867, when she appeared with the old Boston Mendelssohn Quintet Club, then in all its glory. She was then in her twenty-fourth year, but still had that same pale, serious, inscrutable face, the same dark, lustrous, melancholy eyes, and the same calm but gracious dignity of manner." (Upton, p. 71) On January 24, 1869 a testimonial concert was given for Madame Urso by "the Musical Fraternity of Boston" which "was remarkable in many ways, and was peculiar in respect of the programme presented to the audience. It does not often happen that a full orchestra-if not a 'grand orchestra of sixty'-and a brass band, [Hall's Boston Brass Band-BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 1] and choruses of male voices, and of female voices, and of mixed voices, join in the performance at a single concert. And when to these are added solo singing by a soprano, and piano-forte and violin playing by eminent artists, it is safe to say of the resultant programme both that it will not be homogeneous and that it will be sure to hit the tastes of all in one way or another... The Music Hall was literally packed with auditors, and the performance was generally of a very high order of excellence... The other numbers of most musical interest were Mendelssohn's B minor Caprice for the piano-forte, performed by Mr. Lang... Mr. Lang rendered the airy and graceful Caprice by Mendelssohn with neatness and delicacy." (Boston Daily Advertiser, Monday Morning, January 25, 1869, p. 1) Reserved seats were $1.(BPL Lang Prog., 6261) At the second of "Concerts Classiques" presented by Urso at Horticultural Hall dated March 2, 1874, Lang was one of the assisting artists when he played the accompaniment to the Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 69, No. 1 by Dussek. Other assisting artists in this concert were three members of the Mendelssohn Quintette Club (Second Violin, Viola, and Cello), and Miss Clara Doria, Soprano. There were four different pianists and four different vocalists at each of the concerts. Tickets were $1 each, or $3 for the series of four (HMA Program Collection). At a March 1875 performance Lang joined Urso in "the great Schumann Quintet" with piano in the second concert of her series that year "for which the audience was very large." (Dwight March 7, 1874, p. 191) In December of that same year Dwight published a short article concerning Urso's "method of practice. Every day she takes an hour for slow and patient practice in making long-sustained notes. This is to obtain a strong, pure tone. Then she plays scales and finger exercises of all kinds for two or more hours, and then such sonatas and other works as she uses in her concerts. In all this she never hurries, never gives any particular expression to her music, and seldom plays up to full time in which the piece is written. Everything is played slowly and thoughtfully. When the long practice hours are over and she comes upon the stage to play, all thoughtful effort is abandoned, and her emotions control the music. The practicing was mere mental and technical work-the performance the blooming of a great genius in music." (Dwight, December 12, 1874, p. 352)
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Wesleyan Hall. Bromfield Street. In an 1880 review of a "Piano-forte Matinee" given by Ernst Perabo, Dwight referred to this hall as "that hot, close, gloomy, noisy little hall in Bromfield Street." (Dwight, April 10, 1880, p. 62)
Whelpley, Benjamin Lincoln. Whelpley was one of the soloists at Lang's "Third Pianoforte-Concerto Concert" on March 22, 1887 where he played Chopin's Grand Fantasie Sur des air Polonais Opus 13. (BPL Lang Prog.,Vol. 5) The following year he and Lang were assisting artists at a "Vocal Duet Concert" on Wednesday evening November 14, 1888 at 8:15PM. They played Dance of the Elfs for two pianos by Templeton-Strong and Reinecke's Fantasie on a Theme from Schumann's "Manfred" also for two pianos. One review called the first work "a light, graceful" work which was played "with great effect," while the second work was not mentioned. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 5) Phillip Hale's April 11, 1891 review of a Whelpley recital began: "Mr. Whelpley has good fingers and many excellent musical ideas. He is careful and conscientious in his work, and there are many things to be admired and praised in his playing. He belongs to a certain school of pianists [Lang's], a prominent school in this city; and this is unfortunate, and it hampers his artistic development. For the members of this family do not pay sufficient attention to tone production and gradation of tone; the legato is so slighted by them, and the use of pedals is so imperfectly understood that song-passages are not sung; and these players are deficient in appreciation of rhythm and rhythmic effects. And when any one of this school plays in public, the hearer is at once aware of the fact that the pianoforte is a percussion instrument." After getting this off his chest, Hale continued, "Not that Mr. Whelpley pounds." (BPL Hale Crit., Vol. 1) On Monday April 16, 1894 at 3:30PM Whelpley presented himself in recital at Bumstead Hall, and Lang played the orchestral reduction for the final piece of the program, Russian Fantasie by E. Napravnik. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 6) Whelpley was the organist for the Cecilia concert Wednesday evening April 27, 1898. (BPL Lang Prog., Vol. 7) He was also the organist for the Monday evening, April 2, 1906 performance by The Cecilia Society of La Vie du Poete (The Life of the Poet) by Gustave Charpentier for solo voices, chorus and three orchestras and organ, and Richard Strauss's Taillefer, a Ballade for chorus, solo voices and orchestra. (Program, Johnston Collection) Boston Music Co. advertised Seven Piano Pieces, Op. 20, Grade 2c on the back of a composition with a opyright date of 1919.
Whiting, George Elbridge. Born Holliston, Massachusetts September 14, 1842; first public organ performance at age thirteen; at sixteen succeeded Dudley Buck at the North Congregational Church in Hartford; studied in England with Best of Liverpool; moved to Boston, briefly organist at King's Chapel; then further study in Berlin; returned to Boston and taught organ at NEC until 1898; for many years organist and music director at the Church of the Immaculate Conception; "He is the best organ composer of America", also composed for choral forces including the March of the Monks of Bangor for the Apollo Club." (Elson, Hist. Am. Mus., pp. 265 and 266) Probably his best pupil was Henry Morton Dunham, who in turn taught Wallace Goodrich. (Ibid) Lang often took part in special services organized by Whiting at Immaculate Conception.
Myron W. Whitney from Mathews, p. 215.
Upton, MUSICAL MEMORIES, published 1908, facing p. 132.
Whitney, Myron W. "Considered by many to be the greatest among American-born basses." (Baker, p. 100) "Born in Ashby, Massachusetts, became one of the most famous singers of his time, first in Boston, then in Europe. No festival in America was properly given without Whitney to sing with taste and feeling all the great bass roles of oratorio, often under the direction of Theodore Thomas." (Johnson, Hallelujah, p. 102) Sablosky records: "b. 1836 in Ashby, Mass; d. 1910 in Sandwich, Mass. Bass. "At the age of sixteen he went to Boston and studied with E. H. Frost." (Jones, p. 174) After his Boston debut in Messiah (1856), sang in oratorio and concert in U.S. for ten years, but was "dissatisfied with his attainments" (Ibid); went to Florence and studied for some time with Luigi Vennucini. He then studied in London oratorio literature with Randegger. After singing successfully in Great Britain, returned to U.S.; appeared prominently in concert, oratorio and opera." (Sablosky, p. 305) Dwight reported on a Complimentary Concert given Whitney on his return from Europe. He "has certainly made the most of his short period of study in Milan and London... His tones, always grand and manly, have grown more round and musical throughout their compass, especially in the upper range, and he does all with more artistic certainty and ease." Miss Alice Dutton's contribution was the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody, "which she played even better than before, and on the 'New Orchestral Grand' of Messrs. Hallet, Davis & Co., which is certainly an instrument of great power and richness." The "brothers Winch contributed a duet... but the most remarkable thing in its perfection, and the most enjoyable, was the male part-singing of the 'Chickering Club,' who came out from their privacy in compliment to Mr. Whitney, who is a fellow member." (Dwight, May 8, 1869, pp. 30 and 31) Early in 1872 it was reported: "Mr. M. W. Whitney has had very great success thus far; and competent musical critics allege that if Mr. W. will establish himself here, there is no question of his taking the first rank as basso." (Folio, January 1872), while six months later an additional report stated: "Mr. Whitney, the Boston basso, is meeting with most wonderful success in England. His efforts are widely appreciated." (Folio, June 1872) Late in 1872 it was reported: "Mr. M. W. Whitney is engaged as basso at Christ Church, New York, at a salary of three thousand dollars per annum. He goes to that city Saturday nights, returning home on Mondays." (Dexter Smith, November 1872, p. 255) A critic for the Haverhill, Massachusetts Publisher wrote: "Mr. Myron W. Whitney, who has traveled in foreign climes, and who was the pet of St. Petersburg and the envy of Edinburg (sic); Whitney of the herculean frame and the ponderous voice; who delights to be a 'Bold Buccaneer' and 'roam o'er the broad blue sea,' and who can growl among the leger lines below till Gyles Kimball's double bass viol hangs its head in despair!" (Dexter Smith, April 1873, p. 94) Late in 1873 Whitney soloed with the Theodore Thomas Orchestra in a series of concerts, "appearing in every concert. His manner is more finished and even, his delivery more impressive and his voice grander and deeper (if possible) than ever." (Dwight, December 27, 1873, p. 151) "Since 1876 he has refused all offers from abroad and remained in his native country... As an oratorio singer he has few equals. he is in every way a great artist, and possesses a magnificent bass voice of nearly three octaves compass, extending from B flat below the staff upwards." (Jones, op. cit.) In May 1881 he had an impossible schedule: "During the week of the New York Festival, [he] will sing on alternate days at New York and Philadelphia; and the following week, at Brooklyn on Monday evening; Boston, Tuesday evening; Brooklyn, Wednesday; Boston, Thursday; Brooklyn, Friday aand Saturday; thus living on trains between times." (Musical Herald, May 1881, p. 104) Whitney appeared as soloist with the BSO in four programs during the seasons '04, '06, and 09. (Howe. BSO, p. 261)
Wilson, George H. First writer of program notes for the BSO. He had sung in the 1872 Second World Peace Jubilee in 1872, "and he was a member of the Apollo Club and the Handel and Haydn Society." He was also the editor/publisher of "The Musical Year-book of the United States... In 1892 Wilson left Boston for Chicago, where he continued his musical activities. His departure left open the editorship of the program notes for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the task fell to William Foster Apthrop. He passed the work to Philip Hale nine years later." (Brian, pp. 163 and 164)
Winch, William Johnson (tenor) and John F. Winch (bass). "Boston merchants, whose part-time careers as tenor and bass ranked them only a little lower than the angels." (Johnson, Hallelujah, p. 135) "The Winch brothers, tenor and bass, illustrate a difference in temperaments. John F. Winch, the bass, was direct and positive in his acceptance of engagements. William J. took a long time to make up his mind whether or not he was available, whether or not he wanted to sing the role offered, or whether or not the price was acceptable, with or without expenses of hotels and travel. Inasmuch as he was the best tenor for the music of Bach, some patience was needed to obtain a definite commitment." (Johnson, Hallelujah, p. 133) Both Winch brothers were just beginning their professional careers in 1866 sining Messiah for the Handel and Haydn Society.. Dwight noted: "Mr. Wm. J. Winch, a fresh young tenor, whose voice and style raised high hopes at the rehearsal, and for basso Mr. J. F. Winch, of whom the like may also be said." (Dwight, December 22, 1866, p. 367) Dwight's review of the Winchs' Messiah noted: "The younger Mr. Winch (Wm. J.) has a beautiflul, clear tenor voice, of good power, not yet developed, and sings with so good a method, in so classic a style, and with so much intelligence that it was to us a great pleasure to hear him, [more so] than we find in many more experienced and would-be impassioned tenors. The performance was somewhat cold and dry, but seemed to warrent high hopes. The new basso, Mr. J. F. Winch, has a capital deep voice and sings as if more study and experience would make him a superior oratorio singer." (Dwight, Saturday January 5, 1867, p. 375)
Easter Sunday 1874 the Handel and Haydn Society presented Mendelssohn's Elijah. "The new point of interest was the rendering of the Prophet's part by Mr. J. F. Winch whose rich, elastic quality of voice gave unusual life to all the music. And he improved as he went on; rarely anywhere have we heard the beauty and deep pathos of 'It is enough,' or the emphatic energy of 'Is not the word' more satisfactorily brought out." (Dwight, April 18, 1874, p. 215) W. J. Winch led a performance of Gade's Crusaders with the Salem Schubert Club December 30, 1879 at Plummer Hall; the soloists were Miss Clara L. Emilio, soprano, Dr. S. W. Langmaid, tenor, and Mr. Clarence E. Hay, baritone. (Dwight, January 31, 1880, p. 16) Winch appeared as soloist with the BSO on nine programs during the seasons '85, '89, '90, '91 and '92. (Howe, BSO, p. 261) The 1892 appearance was as the tenor soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. (MYB, 1892-93, p. 10) When Chadwich and his wife returned from their summer in Europe (1888) they "went by previous arrangement to Wm. Winch's in Brookline, to stay until we found a place to settle down. His house was on Longwood Ave. next to the present No. 124 which was then a vacant lot... We had a delightful time at the Winchs, with fun and music every night and we made many new acquaintances among the nice people who live in that neighborhood. One night uncle Joseph, the eldest of the three Winch Bros. was at the house. We coaxed him to sing 'Every Valley' which he did in remarkable style for a man of seventy." (6432) Clara Rogers described William Winch: "the ever genial and witty, and who had, happily, remained immune from tenor-itis... overflowing with fun, as usual." (Rogers, Two Lives, p. 191)
Woolf, Benjamin Edward (London: February 16, 1836 - Boston: February 7, 1901). "Born in London, multifaceted, was a composer, violinist, and libretto writer who married an actress, joined the Boston Globe in 1870 and the following year the Saturday Evening Gazette, [a weekly] for which he wrote music and drama reviews; in the 1890s he left the Gazette for the Herald. The American organist Henry M. Dunham wrote in his memoirs of Woolf's criticism, 'We disliked him extremely because of his rough and uncompromising style. He had almost no concession to offer for anyone's short-comings, and on that very account what he had to say carried additional weight with the artist he was criticizing.' [Dunham, Life, p. 220] on the other hand, Philip Hale, Woolf's Herald successor, asserted that Woolf had been caustic only toward 'incompetence, shams, humbugs, snobs and snobbery in art,' and noted that when Woolf began to write in the Gazette, music criticism in Boston was mere 'honey daubing' of local favorites. Hale added that toward 'really promising beginners,' Woolf was never severe but gave personal advice and often financial aid." (Grant, p. 68) He was the leader of the orchestra at the Boston Museum [conducted by Julius Eichberg] from 1859 until 1864. He then lead orchestras "in Philadelphia and New Orleans. He married Josephine Orton, an actress, [of the Boston Museum Stock Company, Dic. Am. Bio, p. 514] on 15 April 1867, and then returned to Boston, where Woolf became editor of the Saturday Evening Gazette in 1871... He created or collaborated in six operettas, including The Doctor of Alcantara (1862), music by Julius Eichberg. As a critic he was a musical conservative with exacting standards and a caustic pen, but his breadth of knowledge and his musical skill did much to elevate the quality of American criticism. Throughout his career Woolf's versatility was his greatest asset, but it was also a limitation: 'His labor.' the Herald observed in its obituary, 'might have been concentrated upon fewer objects with better effect.'" (Am. Grove, Vol. 4, p. 561) Arthur Foote described Woolf, when he was writing for the Saturday Evening Gazette as "a musically well equipped critic, who was more feared than loved. How he did delight to pitch into John S. Dwight and B. J. Lang. He could never find any good in either." (HMA Bulletin No. 4, p. 2) "He became music critic of the Boston Herald, and for it he wrote reviews notable for their clarity and severity." (Dic. Am Bio., p. 514) In reviewing a H & H Society Bach St. Matthew Passion performance in the spring of 1876, Dwight felt that John Winch was in fine voice: "Bach evidently has begun to gain possession of," and of his brother, the tenor William J. Winch who had the "most difficult" parts, he sang "admirably... with sweet, clear voice." (Brian, p. 80) Apthrop felt: "[John] Winch was more successful in the recitatives than in the more orchestral airs." (Brian, p.81)
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Carl Zerrahn from, Elson, p. 35.
Mathews, A HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSIC IN AMERICA, p. 431.
Grove's 1921 Vol. T - Z, p. 594.
Pratt's entry includes the following:
"Zerrahn, Carl (July 28, 1826, Malchow, Germany: Dec. 29, 1909, Milton, Mass.). His first lessons, at twelve were in Rostock, and later he studied in Hanover and Berlin... In 1855-63 he conducted one of the several orchestras in Boston known by the name Philharmonia, and was practically the only leader of the concerts of the Harvard Musical Association in 1865-82. Besides his work as conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society (elected conductor in August 1854) and of the Worcester Festivals, he was for many years in charge of the Salem Oratorio Society and other smaller organizations. At the second Peace Jubilee (1872) he led the chorus of 20,000. He was also a teacher of singing, harmony and composition at the New England Conservatory. In all these ways he left a significant impress upon the development of American choral music." (Pratt, pp. 410-11) Sablosky (p. 306) adds that he taught at the New England Conservatory until 1898, and that his tenure with the Worcester Festival was from 1866-1897. Ryan wrote, "Taking Mr. Zerrahn in all points, he was and is still a rare man. He has filled a long life with honor to (of a week long festival) as he was at the first."(Ryan, pp. 81-82) The 1914 entry in THE ART OF MUSIC adds that Carl Zerrahn was one of the German musicians "who had come to America during the revolutionary troubles of 1848" (Mason, Art of Music, p. 189). He was a flute player in "The Germanic" orchestra, a traveling orchestra that gave the majority of its concerts in Boston. In 1855 he founded an orchestra which became known as the Philharmonic - this group gave regular concerts in Boston until 1863. In 1866 he began his association with the orchestra of the Harvard Musical Association. "This was really the first permanent orchestra of value that greater Boston possessed, and during the twenty years of its existence it clung with remarkable consistency to the highest musical ideals." (Mason, p. 189) However its conservative programming policy led to the formation in 1880 of the Philharmonic Society that in turn was superseded by the Boston Symphony begun in 1881 under George Henschel.
"But nothing could fluster Mr. Zerrahn; I never saw him lose his head, nor any performance come to grief under his baton. And, with the orchestral material and few rehearsals of those days, things were on the verge of coming to grief pretty often." (Swan-Apthorp, p. 73) Apthorp continued with examples. "At one of the Handel and Haydn festivals (I think the first one, the demi-centennial), the then famous boy soprano, Richard Coker, sang Meyerbeer's 'Robert, toi que j'aime' at an afternoon concert. He was accompanied on the pianoforte by his father. When the air was about half through, Coker Sr. discovered to his dismay that the remaining sheets of the music were missing; Mr. Zerrahn immediately sprang to the conductor's desk, waved his baton, and the rest of the air was accompanied from memory by the orchestra. I remember another instance of Mr. Zerrahn's presence of mind. It was at a performance of Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise by the Handel and Haydn. The tenor had just finished that air with the incomprehensible words, ending with the oft-repeated question: 'Watchman, will the night soon pass?' In reply to this, the soprano should strike in unaccompanied in D major, with 'The night is departing,' twice repeated, the wood-wind coming in piano on the second 'departing,' and the whole orchestra fortissimo on the last syllable. On this occasion, the soprano was standing a little farther forward on the stage than Mr. Zerrahn; so she could not see his beat without turning her head. She struck in bravely with her 'The night is departing,' but unfortunately not in D major-it was fairly and squarely in C major, a whole tone flat. A shutter ran through the orchestra and a good part of the audience; what was Mr. Zerrahn to do with the ensuing D major? His mind was made up in a second; he motioned to the wood-wind not to come in with their chords, and patiently waited for the hapless soprano to finish her phrase, and then let the orchestra come in with its D major fortissimo afterwards, instead of on the last syllable. But now came one of the most comical tugs of war I have ever witnessed between singer and conductor. Of course the soprano was entirely unconscious of having made a mistake; so, not hearing the usual 6-4 chord on her second 'departing,' she evidently thought the wind-players had counted their rests wrong, and held her high G (which ought to have been an A) with a persistency worthy of a better cause, to give them a chance to catch up with her. She held that G on and on, looking as if she would burst; but still no 6-4 chord. Mr. Zerrahn waited imperturbably with his baton expectantly raised. At last-it seemed like hours-human lungs could hold out no longer, and the breathless soprano landed panting with her final 'ting' on C-natural, amid a deathlike silence of orchestra and chorus. You could have heard a pin drop. Just as she was turning round to see why she had been thus left in the lurch by the accompaniment, Mr. Zerrahn's baton came down with a swish, and the orchestra thundered out its D major." (Apthorp, BSO Program March 6 and 7, 1896, pp. 595-598)
Zerrahn conducted part of the 1872 Jubilee Concert Series, but he had to sue "the Executive Committee for payment for services in conducting the chorus." (Dexter Smith's, December 1872, p. 284)