Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Musical evening entertainment given by the Žofín Academy

Venue: Žofín Island (Žofín Hall)

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 13/03/1851 5pm

Season: Lent

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • Žofín Academy: participating institution, vv
  • HORÁK, Václav Emanuel: director of institute, conductor
SCHUMANN, Robert Alexander : unspecified chorus, male vv
VINTR, František Adolf : unspecified partsong, female vv
FÜCHS, Ferdinand Carl : unspecified song [Lied], v, [pf]
     • Hofrichter, Jaroslav : v
KÜCKEN, Friedrich Wilhelm : chorus Trinklied, male vv
GERBER, Charles : unspecified Fantasie [Phantasie], pf
     • Gerber, Charles : pf
LISZT, Franz : Transcription Schlummerlied mit Arabesken, pf, S454
     • Gerber, Charles : pf
VINTR, František Adolf : unspecified Vocal quintet, vv
LISZT, Franz : Reminiscences Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor, pf, S397
     • Gerber, Charles : pf
SPOHR, Louis : Psalm Aus den Tiefen ruf ich Gott no.3 of 3 Psalms, S., A., T., B., double mix vv chorus, op.85
HORÁK, Václav Emanuel : unspecified vocal quartet, mix vv

Commentary:

Details of this event were published by Bohemia 11/3/1851. This reported the date, time and venue of the concert, and listed the programme in performance order. The Tagesanzeiger texts of Bohemia 11/3/1851 and 13/3/1851 specified that on Thursday 13th March ‘5pm in Žofín Island Hall: Musical evening entertainment of the Žofín Academy.’

A review, signed ‘V.’, of this musical entertainment was published by Bohemia 16/3/1851. The correspondent remarked upon how the Žofín Academy had, since its foundation 10 years ago as the ‘Verein zur Wahrung und Hebung des klassischen Gesanges’, suffered a decline in contributing [i.e. financial donating] and active members. The cause was thought not to be due to poor artistic leadership, and a robust and sustained recovery was hoped for. Of the programme of works performed, 2 Lieder by Füchs, 2 numbers from Winter’s Unterbrochenem Opferfest, and a ‘banal’ drinking chorus by Kücken were encored on general demand. However, the audience was noted to have had little idea of the far greater artistic worth of the ‘higher compositions’, Schumann’s male-voice chorus, Horák’s Quartet, or Spohr’s Psalm, the latter described as ‘the highpoint of the concert’. The choruses were precisely performed under the Academy’s then Director, Horák. Of the soloists the soprano was deemed to possess a very euphonious voice of considerable potential. The ‘young’ tenor in the compositions by Füchs received ‘abundant applause and was [curtain-]called.’ In addition to the Fantasie of his own composition and the Weber transcription by Liszt that was noted in the published programme, the pianist Gerber also gave as an encore the Hungarian composer’s transcription of the Finale from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Finally, the critic recorded that owing to numerous repetitions of works the entertainment continued until after 7pm. The hall was ‘very full.’


Summary of sources:

Bohemia (11/03/1851)
Bohemia (11/03/1851)
Bohemia (13/03/1851)
Bohemia (16/03/1851)