Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

'Kaiserfest', benefit concert in aid of the Radetzky Trust [Radetzky-Stiftung]

Venue: Waldstein Garden

Event type: Popular social musical and dance events

Date: 26/06/1850

Season: Summer

Beneficiary: Radetzky-Stiftung [Radetzky Trust]

Programme including:

General participants:
  • ensemble of Imperial First Field Artillery Regiment of Franz Joseph: participating ensemble
  • SVOBODA, František Václav: director of ensemble
SVOBODA, František Václav : Tone-picture [Tongemälde] Die Schlacht bei Novara und Mortara, orch
SVOBODA, František Václav : potpourri Eine Reise durch die Notenwelt, orch


Bohemia 23/6/1850 published news that during the ‘coming days will take place in Count Waldstein’s Garden the previously projected concert of Mr Kapellmeister Swoboda [Svoboda] for the benefit of the Radetzky-Trust, under the title “Kaiserfest”’. The specific date and the programme would be announced later. This benefit concert given at this venue had first been intended to occur on 11th May, but had to be postponed, apparently due to the illness of Countess Waldstein.

Further information about this event appeared in an advertisement published by Bohemia 25/6/1850. This reported that on Wednesday 26th June takes place in Count Waldstein’s Garden for the benefit of the Radetzky-Trust the projected concert of Mr Kapellmeister Swoboda [Svoboda], under the title “Kaiserfest”’. The programme was to include performances of Swoboda’s ‘favourite Tone-picture “die Schlacht bei Novara und Mortara” and the new potpourri “Eine Reise durch die Notenwelt”’. No further details of the concert were noted.

Prager Zeitung 14/7/1850 published news that ‘The Capellmeister of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment, Franz Swoboda had arranged on 26th June in Count Waldstein’s garden under the title “Kaiserfest” a musical soirée, and the profit of this entertainment, one hundred gulden, is put towards Count Radetzky’s fund for invalids [injured soldiers].’

Summary of sources:

Bohemia (23/06/1850)
Bohemia (25/06/1850)
Prager Zeitung (14/07/1850)