shortcomings of the orchestra will follow in the next number. I was unable to attend the Philharmonic concert.
November 30, 1884
The first concert was devoted exclusively to works of Beethoven. There were the overtures to Coriolanus and Egmont, the First and Fifth Symphonies, the great fugue for string quartet (Opus 133, played by the orchestra's strings). and a Rondino for Winds. One sees, the table was richly set, the repast piquant and easily digested, excepting only the great fugue, which I find incomprehensible. That the orchestra accomplishes the extraordinary was especially evident in the performance of the Rondino, with the wind players distinguishing themselves as soloists. The reciprocal relationship of the orchestra to its conductor, and vice versa, has already been discussed in these columns. In order to avoid repetition, the reader is referred to that earlier discussion. The superiority of this orchestra to our own best is indisputable. One may take exception to the preponderance of the brass. All else is beyond criticism.
The second concert began with Raff's overture to Genast's drama, Bernhard von Weimar, 1 a far from self-sufficient piece, without color or form, utterly superficial in conception -- not an organism, just so many disjointed members. The Lutheran chorale 2 is subjected to the most intricate contrapuntal tortures with the most appalling ingenuity. The middle theme, too, with its grace notes in the woodwinds, excites memories of the Nuremberg torture chamber -- grates, pincers and other similarly edifying devices. And
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Publication information: Book title: The Music Criticism of Hugo Wolf. Contributors: Henry Pleasants - Editor, Hugo Wolf - Author. Publisher: Holmes & Meier. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 85.
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