Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Concert given by pianist Alexander Dreyschock

Venue: Estates Theatre

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 30/03/1857

Season: Lent

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • DREYSCHOCK, Alexander: soloist, pf
  • Estates Theatre orchestra: participating orchestra
  • GÜNTHEROVÁ, Adelina: soloist, v
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : Overture to incidental music Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream), orch, op.21
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : Concerto for piano and orchestra, pf, orch, nr.1, G minor, op.25
DREYSCHOCK, Alexander : unspecified Rondo for piano and orchestra Rondo militaire, pf, orch, C major, op.13
SCHUBERT, Franz Peter : song Der Neugierige no.6 from song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, v, pf, B major, op.25/6, D795/6
GUMBERT, Ferdinand A. : song Felice notte, Marietta, v, [orch / pf acc?]
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : unspecified Lied ohne worte Frühlingslied, pf
DREYSCHOCK, Alexander : Rhapsodie Zum Wintermärchen, pf, op.40


The Daily News section of Mercy’s Anzeiger 29/3/1857 reported that ‘For Alexander Dreyschock’s Concert, that is arranged for tomorrow in the Theatre, will be given the following programme: 1. Ouverture. 2. Concerto by Mendelssohn. 3. Rondo with orchestral accompaniment by Alexander Dreyschock. 4. Lied. 5.a). Frühlingslied by Mendelssohn b) Rhapsodie from Wintermärchen by Dreyschock.’ No further details were given by this source. This issue of Mercy’s Anzeiger also published a brief repertoire list for the following week of events taking place in the Estates Theatre, noting: ‘Tomorrow Monday 30th March. (Subscriptions suspended.) Concert of Mr Alex. Dreyschock.’ The following day, on 30/3/1857 a playbill was then published by Mercy’s Anzeiger announcing: ‘Royal Estates Theatre in Prague. Monday 30th March 1857 (Subscriptions suspended). Concert of Mr Alex. Dreyschock. 1. Ouverture. 2. Concerto by Mendelssohn. 3. By request: Rondo with orchestral accompaniment by Alex. Dreyschock. 4.a) Der Neugierige“, Lied by J. [F.] Schubert, b) Felice notte, Marietta, Lied by A. Gumbert. both performed by Miss Adel. Günther [Güntherová]. 5.a) Frühlingslied by Mendelssohn. b) Rhapsodie from Wintermärchen by A. Dreyschock.’ An identical theatre bill was published by Tagesbote aus Böhmen 30/3/1857. After listing the programme for the concert, the bill recorded that before the concert would be a performance of the comedy play by A. Decourcelle and L. Thiboust Ich speise bei meiner Mutter.

Tagesbote aus Böhmen
27/3/1857 published a brief summary of concerts and notable music productions taking place in Prague during the course of forthcoming week. This included the note ‘Thursday takes place in the Theatre a concert of Alexander Dreyschock’. The next Thursday following the publication of this issue would have been 2/4/1857. Most likely the report was mistaken in its specification of Dreyschock’s concert being on ‘Thursday’.
Tagesbote aus Böhmen 28/3/1857 reported: ‘For the concert that takes place on Monday 30th March in the Estates Theatre, is the following programme announced: 1. Overture. 2. Concerto by Mendelssohn. 3. (By request) Rondo with orchestral accompaniment by Alexander Dreyschock. 4. Lied. 5.a. Frühlingslied by Mendelssohn, b) Rhapsody Wintermärchen by Dreyschock.’ Tagesbote aus Böhmen 29/3/1857 published a repertoire list for the forthcoming week in the Estates Theatre. This noted: ‘Monday 30th March... Concert of Mr Dreyschock.’

Tagesbote aus Böhmen 2/4/1857 reported how the success of a concert given by Dreyschock in the Estates Theatre on 30/3/1857 had prompted the management of the Theatre to arrange a further concert with the pianist on the next-but-one Saturday [4/4/1857]. The newspaper related: ‘The brilliant success in every sense, of the concert that Dreyschock gave last Monday in the Theatre, has prompted the Directorate to propose to him a second, to take place on the next-but-one Saturday [‘ein zweites zu nächsten Samstag stattsind wird’]. Interest in this evening, already so vividly excited by Dreyschock himself, will only be increased in that, upon Dreyschock’s suggestion will be performed as a novelty in this Saturday concert „Préludes“, generally considered to be the best of his „Symfonischen Dichtungen“.’

Summary of sources:

Tagesbote aus Böhmen (27/03/1857)
Tagesbote aus Böhmen (28/03/1857)
Mercy's Anzeiger für Böhmen (29/03/1857)
Mercy's Anzeiger für Böhmen (29/03/1857)
Mercy's Anzeiger für Böhmen (30/03/1857)
Tagesbote aus Böhmen (30/03/1857)
Tagesbote aus Böhmen (02/04/1857)
Tagesbote aus Böhmen (29/04/1857)