Annual Reid Concert 1908

Thursday, February 6, 1908
1907-1908, Concert III of IV

Music for the organ in combination with the orchestra and orchestral instruments.


Mr Matthew Shirlaw, Mus.B - organ
A band selected from the Scottish orchestra
Mr Henri Verbrugghen - leader of the orchestra
Professor Niecks - conductor

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

In memory of General Reid

Introduction, pastorale, minuet, and march ... General Reid

Part I.

1. Concerto, op. 5, no. 1 in G major ... George Frederic Handel
    (a) Larghetto (b) Allegro (c) Adagio (d) Andante

2. Prelude and Fugue on the chorale "Ein' feste Burg ist uner Gott" for organ, trumpet, three trombones and kettle drums ... G. Adolf Fischer

3. Adagio for violin and organ, op. 20 ... Albert Becker

4. Sonata for organ and strings ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Three single movement sonatas grouped together by Rheinberger
    (a) no. 13 in C major (allegro)
    (b) no. 1 in E fat major (andante)
    (c) no. 15 in C major (allegro)

Part II.

5. Concerto, op. 137, for organ and an orchestra of strings and three horns ... Josef Rheinberger
   (a) Maestoso (b) Andante (c) Con moto (finale)

6. Fantasia on the chorale "Nun danket alle Gott" for organ, two trumpets, three trombones and kettle drums ... Franz Liszt

7. Sonata no. 14 for organ, strings (without violas), two oboes, two horns, two trumpets and kettle drums ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8. Adoration, op. 44, for strings and organ ... Alexandre Guilmant

9. War march of the priest, from the music to Racine's Athalie ... Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy


8-page booklet
Programme Notes: 

The preface to the programme consists of a 2½ page essay (pp.3-5) on music composed for organ and orchestra. It contains a rebuff to the 'enthusiast' tempted to suggest that the organ is 'in itself an orchestra' (p.3)

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Fee for series: 10/6
Publicity and Reviews: 

On the outside back page - dates and programmes of the four historical concerts for the 1907-1908 season.


Although the Handel organ concerto in G is given as op. 5, no. 1, the movement titles indicate that it is the one now referred to as op. 4, no. 1.

In addition, while the programme lists the composer of the prelude and fugue on the chorale "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" as one G. Adolf Fischer (1827-93) no composer of this name is traceable on the website of the Library of Congress Authorities. However, on p. 5 of the programme, Niecks refers to the organ symphonies of Karl August Fischer and it is probable that the work performed on this occasion was composed by him. The dates given by the Library of Congress Authorities are also very close to those recorded in the programme.