Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Musical soirée given by musical society Arion

Venue: Žofín Island (Žofín Hall)

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 17/06/1863

Season: Summer

Benefactor: Arion

Programme including:

General participants:
  • Arion: participating institution
  • NEWIKLUF, Moritz: director of ensemble, conductor
TAUWITZ, Eduard : chorus Deutsches Morgenlied, male vv, op.62
UNSPECIFIED, ? : unspecified piano piece
     • Wahle, Theodor : pf
UNSPECIFIED, ? : unspecified songs [Lieder], v, pf
     • Gallenstein, ? : v
UNSPECIFIED, ? : unspecified violoncello piece, vc, [pf?]
     • Popper, David : vc
UNSPECIFIED, ? : unspecified violin piece, vl, [pf?]
     • Wien, Karl : vl


A notice announcing availability of tickets for this event appeared in the German-language newspaper Prager Morgenpost 15/6/1863. The source announced: ‘„Arion.“ Admission tickets for the Music Evening [Musik-Abend] taking place on 17th June in the Žofín Island Hall will only be issued today and tomorrow. From the Committee.’

An account, prefixed by the signature ‘n.’, was published by Prager Morgenpost 19/6/1863. The correspondent related: „Arion.“ The musical soirée [Musikabend], which this able society arranged on evening of the 17th in the large Žofín Island Hall, was very animated in character, and we record with pleasure that the greater part of the pieces were performed by society members. Lengthy applause was accorded to the performance of the male-voice chorus: „Deutsches Morgenlied“ by Tauwitz, that was conducted precisely by the society’s director Mr Newikluf. A second chorus was just as vigorously applauded by the numerously attending public. Great applause was also gained by Mr Theodor Wahle, whose performance on the piano reminded us of the brilliant achievements of this Maestro. The applause, which the young artist received, was veritably tempestuous. Mrs Gallenstein gave two Lieder, of which the second, with its humorous content, had to be repeated. The said performance was really delightful, with an air of freshness and piquancy which such spirited singing imparts to a favourite concert-piece. In addition, to these pieces which filled the audience with inspiration, also very appealing [to the audience] were Messrs Popper and Wien; their performances on the ’cello and on the violin, as we are already favourably acquainted [with them], require no further comment.’

The violoncellist would have been David Popper, at this time residing in Prague, and the violinist almost certainl Karl Wien, who graduated from the Prague Conservatory in 1861.

Summary of sources:

Prager Morgenpost (15/06/1863)
Prager Morgenpost (19/06/1863)