Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

First evening musical entertainment given by the Music Institute of Jiránek

Venue: Platýz

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 17/02/1850 5pm

Season: Lent

Programme unspecified:

General participants:
  • Music Institute of Josef Jiránek: participating institution


Advance news of a series of six evening musical entertainments [musikalische Abendunterhaltungen] given at the Music Insitute of Jiránek was published by Bohemia 10/2/1850. This report related the dates of the six events as 17th, 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 23rd March, all at 5pm. A subscription card for entry to all six entertainments cost 2 fl. Entry to a single event was 30kr.

Details of the date, time and venue of the first of these entertainments were listed by the Tagesanzeiger texts of Bohemia 15/2/1850 and 17/2/1850. This record confirmed the details of date and time given by the earlier 10/2/1850 report, but described the venue as ‘im Plateyßsaale’. Jiránek’s music school was actually located in the Platýz building, on the second floor, and performances in the series would probably have taken place in the public hall below - often used as a concert hall - rather than in the rooms of the Institute itself.

An account of the methods and effectiveness of teaching in Jiránek’s Music Institute was published in a brief article appearing in Bohemia 8/3/1850. More information about this text is included in the commentary to the third of the 1850 series of that school’s Lenten entertainments, given on 3/3/1850.

Summary of sources:

Bohemia (10/02/1850)
Bohemia (15/02/1850)
Bohemia (17/02/1850)
Bohemia (08/03/1850)