Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Benefit concert in aid of free meals for poor Prague law students

Venue: Žofín Island (Žofín Hall)

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 26/02/1860 12 noon

Beneficiary: Society for the Provision of free meals for Poor Law Students

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • Estates Theatre orchestra: participating orchestra, orch
  • TAUWITZ, Eduard: director of ensemble, conductor
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus : , GLUCK, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von : Overture to opera Iphigénie en Aulide, orch
GLUCK, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von : aria Pilades from act 3 of opera Iphigénie en Tauride, v, orch
     • Reichel, Josef : v
ROSSINI, Gioachino Antonio : aria of Arnold probably from act 4 of opera Guillaume Tell, v, orch
     • Reichel, Josef : v
BELLINI, Vincenzo : aria from act 2 of opera La Sonnambula, v, orch
     • Brenner, Johanna : v
PAGANINI, Nicolò : Rondo La clochette from Concerto for violin and orchestra, vl, orch, nr.2, B minor, op.7
     • Bennewitz, Antonín : vl
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van : Symphony, orch, nr.2, D major, op.36


Advance news of this concert was relayed by Prager Zeitung 24/2/1860 in a single sentence noting that ‘On 26th of this month at 12 noon will be given a concert in the Žofín Hall for the Benefit of Free meals for poor law students.’ No further news was published in the Prague German newspapers until the day of the event when Prager Morgenpost 26/2/1860 noted simply that ‘At 12 noon today in the Žofín Hall takes place the concert for the benefit of free meals for poor law students.’ The Tageskalender of Bohemia 26/2/1860 also listed the venue, time and title of the concert in the record of the day’s public entertainments.

Reports of the concert were published by each of the Prague German daily newspapers as well as by the Czech music periodical Dalibor 1/3/1860. The review of the latter was brief, listing only the works given, the soloists, and declining to comment upon the performances themselves given that the correspondent was not present at the concert. One may suppose that the event was boycotted by the source given that the event was staged by the German Theatre directed by its Kapellmeister Eduard Tauwitz and contained no works by Czech composers. As was usual with Dalibor at this time, all of the titles of the works performed were rendered into Czech.

Summary of sources:

Prager Zeitung (24/02/1860)
Bohemia, ein Unterhaltungsblatt (26/02/1860)
Prager Morgenpost (26/02/1860)
Prager Morgenpost (27/02/1860)
Tagesbote aus Böhmen (27/02/1860)
Bohemia, ein Unterhaltungsblatt (27/02/1860)
Prager Zeitung (28/02/1860)
Dalibor, hudební časopis s měsíční notovou přílohou (01/03/1860)