Edinburgh Orchestral Festival: Reid Concert 1879

Thursday, February 13, 1879
7.45 pm

This concert features the first performances in Scotland by the distinguished international soloists, Miss EmmaThursby (soprano) and Madlle Amalie Kling (contralto)


Principal Artistes

Miss Emma Thursby - soprano
Madlle. Amalie Kling - contralto
Madame Norman-Neruda - violin
Herr Straus - violin and leader
Mr Charles Hallé - solo pianist and conductor

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

Part I
Introduction, Pastorale, Minuet and March ... General Reid
Overture, "Rosamunde," Op.26 ... Schubert
Aria, "Si t'amo, o cara" (Muzzio Scaevola), ... Handel
  Miss Emma Thursby  (Her first appearance in Scotland)
Duo Concertante, for two Violins and Orchestra, Op.9 No.2 ... Spohr
  Soloists - Madame Normal-Neruda and Herr Straus
  (First time in Scotland)
Recitative and Aria, "Ach was hab ich gethan", "Ach ich hab sie verloren," (Orpheus), ... Gluck
  Madlle, Amalie Kling (Her first appearance in Scotland)
Symphony in E flat (No.39) ... Mozart

Interval of ten minutes

Part II
Pianoforte Concerto, No.5 (The "Emperor") ... Beethoven
  Mr Hallé and his Orchestra
Recit., "Know you no song of your own land?"  and
Song, "O Swallow, Swallow, flying, flying south," from "The Princess"  Op.24 No.3 ... H.S.Oakeley
  (First time)   Miss Emma Thursby
Violin solos,  (a) "Abendlied," ... Schumann
        (b)  Moto perpetuo," ... Paganini
  (By special request)
Madame Norman-Neruda
Lieder, (a)  "Wiegenlied," ... Brahms
        (b)  "Fruhlingsnacht," ... Schumann
  Madlle. A Kling
Air and Variations,  "Deh! torna mio bene," ... Proch
  Miss Emma Thursby
Scherzo, Intermezzo, Notturno and Wedding March, Incidental Music to "Midsummer Night's Dream," ... Mendelssohn


Performance Type:

20 page
Programme Notes: 

The programme notes are written by H.S.O.  and for the Gluck the words are printed in both German and English.#

The programme note for the Mozart Symphony is quoted by permission of George Grove Esq., D.C.L.  Comments made by H.S.O included "Inspection of the autograph copy of this work which is, or was, in the Imperial Library at Berlin, shewed slight alteration of the commencing bars" - [H.S.O]  In the violin part of the Finale "Musicians should note here the skilful "enharmonic change," when by employment of C sharp for D flat, and B natural for C flat, the key of F sharp is reached, - an easier modulation to read than the real one, to G flat - [H.S.O].
After the note on the Mozart there is a paragraph written ty H.S.O on Symphonies introduced in the Reid Cocnerts since 1866.

In the middle of the programme there is an Entr'acte written in Leipzig by Hans von Bulow, in praise of Charles Halle and the Halle Orchestra.  It was reprinted in Manchester in November 1878.

The words are printed for the RECIT., "Know you no song of your own land?"  and SONG, "O Swallow, Swallow, flying, flying south," by H.S.Oakeley
Text by Alfred Tennyson, are inserted and set by permission.



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The orchestral list on p.3 is noteworthy for the inclusion (at this quite late date) of an ophicleide player, one Mr Marsden.