Concert program, Boston Phil-harmonic Society, Third Musical Festival, Tremont Temple, January 30, 1847
This concert featured Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony but presented in a very unusual order by today’s standards. In between the first and second movements, the audience heard the ballads “Love’s Young Dream” and “The Gipsy Girl’s Dream” (by request, according to the program), followed by a dramatic scene from Auber’s Fra Diavolo and a piano concerto by J.N. Hummel. The second movement of Beethoven’s Fifth concluded the first half of the program, and only after intermission did the orchestra perform the rest of the symphony.
Concert program, Philharmonic Society of New York, Academy of Music, December 17, 1870
This “Grand concert to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of the illustrious Ludwig van Beethoven” featured the Seventh Symphony, a scene and aria from Fidelio, selections from Egmont, and the Fifth Piano Concerto with Mary Krebs as soloist. According to the program, the Egmont music was presented for the “first time.” Note the large number of German names among the musicians of the orchestra.
Broadside poster, Beethoven Centennial Grand Musical Jubilee, New York, June 16, 1870
On the fourth day of the jubilee, the sixth concert of the series featured performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Fidelio Overture.
Concert program, Theodore Thomas’ Series of Six Symphony Concerts, season 1872-1873
This program was distributed for the sixth concert of the series on April 26, 1873, at Steinway Hall, New York. For the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Thomas’s orchestra was joined by the chorus of the Handel and Haydn Society and four soloists.
Concert program, Apollo Club, Boston Music Hall, January 3 and 6, 1873
The Apollo Club, established in Boston in 1871, was the second oldest men’s chorus in the United States. This concert featured two Beethoven works: the Coriolan Overture (performed by an unidentified orchestra) and the “Chorus of the Dervishes” from The Ruins of Athens.
Autographed concert program by the Kneisel Quartet
Autographed concert program by the Kneisel Quartet, The Berkeley Musical Association, Fifth Concert, Sixth Season, 1915-1916, Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley
All the members of the Kneisel Quartet signed the program for this concert, which concluded with a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Opus 18, no. 2.
Autographed concert program by Pablo Casals and Harold Bauer
The Berkeley Musical Association, Fourth Concert, Fourteenth Season, 1923-1924, Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley
Both Pablo Casals and Harold Bauer signed the program for this concert, which opened with Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Opus 69.
Beethoven Centennial Memorial Concert, March 26, 1927
Concert program, Beethoven Centennial Memorial Concert, March 26, 1927, Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
Sponsored by the Tuesday Musical Club, this event included a film with “scenes from the life of Beethoven”; an address by an actor portraying Beethoven; performances of the “Gellert” Lieder by the Beethoven Maennerchor; the Fifth Symphony performed by an ensemble of 26 female pianists; the aria “Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?” from Fidelio; the “Appassionata” Sonata; the Egmont Overture and the Minuet in G. The audience was asked to stand during the concluding work, the funeral march from the Sonata in A-flat Major, Opus 26.
Federal Symphony Orchestra 1938
Concert program, Federal Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Series concert, October 9, 1938
A project of the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration), the Federal Music Project of New York City inaugurated a Beethoven series that ran on alternative Sundays from October 9–December 18. In addition to the familiar symphonies, overtures, and concertos, the series presented some “rarely heard” works, including the Triple Concerto, Opus 56, and a “Violin Concerto Fragment in C Major,” WoO 5, with Dorothy Minty as soloist.
Dorothy Minty (1908-1986)
Ad from Musical America, February 1946
As a concert violinist, Dorothy Minty is best known for having premiered the Violin Concerto by Charles Ives in 1928. A frequent recitalist in New York, she also taught at the Juilliard School in New York.