The Music Criticism of Hugo Wolf

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melodious numbers. Most successful were the droll duet of the two plotters, "Ach, lieber Bruder, treu vereint" [ Ah, dear brother, loyally hand in hand], and a quartet in the second act, in which a Swedish folk tune is cleverly employed. The love songs of the poet, too, of incomparable ardor, were enthusiastically applauded, as was the excellent couplet: "Aber — in Schweden darf man nichts reden" [ But in Sweden one may say nothing].

The casting of the novelty was admirable. The Theater an der Wien is now probably the best German operetta stage. Although the first buffo, the first tenor and the prima donna are all on leave and now — at the height of the season — delighting provincial cities with their art, it was still possible to provide Suppé's work with performers of the first class. Herr Joseffy (Bellman sang languishingly and fervently, as demanded by his role. Fräulein Stein's ( Countess Ulla) accomplished acting and splendid voice were effective. The Messrs. Lindau and Eppich were admirable plotters. Fräulein Zimmermann was á lovely millionaire's daughter, and Herr Lunzer the true Lapp slob. The greatest success of all was Herr Stelzer's with his straightforward and, precisely on that account, very effective delivery of the couplet mentioned above.

The staging of the operetta betrayed the master hand of the invisible director of the Wieden 5 stage. The bridal procession in the first scene, the camp and storm scenes in the second act, and the audience scene in the third were masterfully arranged. One congratulates the enterprising management without further ado. Its repertoire problems are surely resolved for a long time to come.

1.
Ludwig Held ( 1837-1900). Viennese theater critic, administrator and librettist.
2.
Moritz West (Nitzelberger) ( 1840-?), Viennese librettist.
3.
Music by Karl Zeller ( 1842-1898), first produced at the Carltheater on October 30, 1886.
4.
Carl Michael Bellman ( 1740-1795), wrote popular drinking songs and biblical parodies, the most famous being " Fredman's Epistlar," parodying the Pauline epistles.
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I he district of Vienna where the I heater an der Wien is situated.

107. Liszt's Faust Symphony

March 13, 1887

One of the most grandiose creations in the entire literature of music, Liszt's Faust Symphony, was introduced at the last Philharmonic concert, for the first time, to an audience long accustomed to perceive in Franz Liszt's works only the composer's musical inadequacies instead of acknowledging its own inability to follow the eagle's flight. But to demand an admission of such

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