Hermann Götz ( Goetz) ( 1840-1876), a German composer, pianist and organist, a student of Bülow at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, whose principal appointment during his short
life was that of organist at Winterthur in Switzerland. He is remembered now only for The
Taming of the Shrew ( Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung). The Psalm discussed here was his
Singverein, a constituent body of the Society of Friends of Music.
Moriz Rosenthal ( 1862-1946), a student of Rafael Joseffy and later of Liszt. who went on to
become one of the greatest and longest lived of all pianists.
Arthur Friedheim ( 1859-1932) was reckoned a German pianist, although born and educated
at St. Petersburg. He studied with both Rubinstein and Liszt, and achieved renown as
virtuoso, conductor and teacher both in Europe and America where, as an American citizen.
he died. He wrote a book of reminiscences, edited as Life and Liszt by
Theodore L. Bullock.
Built by Ludwig Bösendorfer ( 1835-1919) of the famous family of Viennese piano builders.
and opened in 1872. No longer standing. it remained for many decades the principal home of
chamber music concerts and recitals.
2. Virtuosos at the Philharmonic
Therese Malten in Tannhäuser
January 27, 1884
If we consider the program of last Sunday's special Philharmonic concert not
in terms of its purely musical value or want of it, but rather in terms of those
who played the various numbers, then it would appear that the Philharmonic's principal objective was to let virtuosos display their virtuosity.
We had five in this concert: Hector Berlioz, Ignaz Brüll,
1 Arnold Rosé,
2 Fräulein Bianchi3 and - the Philharmonic Orchestra. This latter multi‐
headed virtuoso, concentrated in an incomparably harmonious unity under
its highly gifted conductor, Hans Richter,
4 gave an utterly admirable account
of Mendelssohn's music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a performance,
indeed, beyond all praise. The playing of this inspired composition is and
remains one of the Philharmonic's specialties.
No less perfect was their performance of Weber's "Invitation To The
Dance." Who can fail to rejoice in this wholly delightful, lovely piano piece?
One cannot escape the fact, however, that the full flavor of these bittersweet
dancing lessons cannot be captured at the piano in a family circle with tea and