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Collection Summary

Collection Title
F. Gilbert Webb collection: Royal Philharmonic Society (1870-1913)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 318 d.29
Description
A miscellaneous collection of programme books for concerts given by the Philharmonic Society/Royal Philharmonic Society between 1870 and 1913, held as 6 bound volumes.

All programmes carry Analytical and Historical Notes and include the texts for any vocal/choral pieces given. With the exception of those for the 58th season, the programme notes include musical examples. From the 61st season onwards, the majority of programmes include a list of the orchestral ensemble. Those programmes contained in volumes 5 and 6 also include detailed information regarding the various Officers, Members and Subscribers to the Society.

Many of the programmes bear handwritten annotations. These comment on both the performance and on the works performed and, in some cases, record the performance timings.

Those concerts documented in volumes 1-4 took place at St. James's Hall. Those in volumes 5 and 6 were held at the Queen's Hall.

Unless otherwise stated below, concerts were conducted by Mr W. G. Cusin (1870-1880); Arthur Sullivan (1885-86); and

The programmes for the 1911-12 season include some additional historical information provided to mark the Centenary of the Philharmonic Society.


Volume 1 (1870-77)
Season nos. 58 (nos. 1 and 3); 59 (nos. 1 and 5); 61 (nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7), 62 (no. 8); 63 (nos. 1-3); 64 (nos. 1, 3 and 7); and 65 (no. 1), conducted by Mr. W. G. Cusins.

58th season (1870)
16 March: Mademoiselle Natalie Carola and Mr Vernon Rigby (vocal) and Madame Norman-Neruda (violin).
25 April: Dr Gunz and Madame Monbelli (vocal) and Madame Schumann (piano), including the first English performance of Wagner, Preislied (Die Meister-singer von Nurnberg).

59th season (1871)
8 March: Mr Santley and Miss Edith Wynne (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin), including a number of words by Gounod being given for the first time.
22 May: Mr Bentham and Madame Sinico (vocal) and Madame Norman-Neruda (violin).

61st season (1873)
19 March: Mademoiselle Olivia Girardi and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal) and Signor Alfonso Rendano (piano)
2 April: Sophie Ferrari and Mr Santley (vocal) and Madame Norman-Neruda (violin), including the first English performance of Brahms, Requiem.
26 May: Signor Campanini and Mademoiselle Ilma di Murska (vocal) and Hans von Bulow (piano).
23 June: Signor Gardoni and Miss Whinery (vocal) and Mr Alfred Jaell (piano).

62nd season (1874)
13 July: Mr Santley and Mademoiselle Tietjens (vocal) and M. Saint-Saens (piano). Summary of the season, including lists of members/subscribers etc.

63rd season (1875)
18 March: Miss Edith Wynne, Madame Patey, Mr W. H. Cummings and Mr Santley (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin), including the first performance of W. Sterndale Bennett, Funeral March from Music of Sophocles.
12 April: Mademoiselle Johanna Levier (vocal) and Mademoiselle Marie Krebs (piano).
26 April: Mademoiselle Elena Corani (vocal) and Herr Wilhelmj (violin).

64th season (1876)
23 March: Mademoiselle Ida Corani and Signor Pollione Ronzi (vocal) and Madame Schumann (piano).
1 May: Miss Catherine Penna (vocal) and Herr A. Rubinstein (piano).
12 June: Mr Santley and Miss Thekla Friedlander (vocal) and Mademoiselle Anna Mehlig (piano).

65th season (1877)
22 February: Mr W. H. Cummings and Madame Edith Wynne (vocal) and Mr Ed. Dannreuther (piano).


Volume 2 (1878-83)
Season: 66 (nos. 6 and 7); 67 (nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8); 68 (nos. 3 and 6); 69 (nos. 1-4);
66th season (1878); 70 (no. 4); and 71 (nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6)

66th season (1878)
22 May: Madame Patey and Miss Emma C. Thursby (vocal) and Signor Papini.
12 June: Miss Emma C. Thursby (vocal) and Mr Alfred Jaell (piano).

67th season (1879)
20 February: Madame Edith Wynne (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin)
6 March: Miss Emma Thursby (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
20 March: Mrs Osgood (vocal), Mademoiselle Janotha (piano) and Herr Joachim (violin).
21 May: Mr Joseph Maas and Mademoiselle Auguste Redeker (vocal), M. Sarasate (violin) and Madame Annette Essipoff (piano).
2 July: Mr W. H. Cummings and Mademoiselle Hohenschild (vocal) and M. Saint-Saens (piano).

68th season (1880)
4 March: Madame Patey (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
19 May: Madame de Caters-LaBlache and Mr J. Maas (vocal), Herr Ludwig Straus (violin) and Mademoiselle Vera Timanoff (piano).

69th season (1881)
24 February: Mademoiselle Friedlander, Mademoislle Orgeni and Madame Enriquez (vocal) and Herr Xaver Scharwenka (piano), including the first English performance of Scharwenka, Concerto Pianoforte in C minor (no. 2).
10 March: Madame Patey, Mr Boyle and Mr F. King (vocal) and Eugen d'Albert (piano), including the first English performance of Berlioz, Romeo et Juliette.
24 March: Mademoiselle Orgeni (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
7 April: Mr Sims Reeves (vocal) and Madame Montigny-Remaury (piano).

70th season (1882)
23 March: Mr Maas and Mademoiselle Kufferath (vocal) and Madame Schumann (piano), including the first London performance of C. V. Stanford, Overture, 'The Veiled Prophet' (conducted by the composer).

71st season (1883)
15 February: Miss Santley and Mr Frederic King (vocal), Madame Sophie Menter (piano) and the Philharmonic Choir.
15 March: Madame Valleria (vocal) and Senor Sarasate (violin), including the first English performance of Max Bruch, Violin Concerto.
25 April: Madame Patey (vocal) and Madame Sophie Menter (piano), including the first performance of Liszt, Rhapsodie Hongroise, in D minor and G major and the first public performance of Benedict, Vocal Scena, Mary Stuart's Farewell (conducted by the composer).
30 May: Madame Sembrich, Mr Santley, Miss Minnie Gwynne and Mr Ernest Laris (vocal), Madame Sophie Menter (piano) and the Philharmonic Choir.


Volume 3 (1878-80)
Season nos: 59 (no. 8); 66 (nos. 1-7); 67 (nos. 1, 3 and 4); and 68 (nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6), conducted by Mr W. G. Cusins.

59th season (1871)
3 July: Madame Trebelli-Bettini and Mademoiselle Marie Marimon (vocal) and Sig. Sivori (violin).

66th season (1878)
14 February: Mrs Osgood (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
28 February: Madame Edith Wynne (vocal) and Madame Arabella Goddard (piano).
14 March: Mr Santley (vocal) and Herr Ignaz Brüll (piano).
28 March: Herr Henschel and Mademoiselle Thekla Friedländer (vocal) and Senor Sarasate (violin).
1 May 1878: Mademoiselle Riego and Mademoiselle Redeker (vocal), Senor Sarasate (violin) and M. Planté (piano).
22 May: Madame Patey and Miss Emma C. Thursby (vocal) and Signor Papini.
12 June: Miss Emma C. Thursby (vocal) and Mr Alfred Jaell (piano).

67th season (1879)
6 February: Madame Patey (vocal) and Madame Arabella Goddard (piano), conducted Cusins.
6 March: Miss Emma Thursby (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
20 March: Mrs Osgood (vocal), Mademoiselle Janotha (piano) and Herr Joachim (violin).

68th season (1880)
19 February: Mr Shakespeare and Mr Santley (vocal) and Herr Xaver Scharwenka (piano).
18 March: Mrs Osgood (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
28 April: Miss Lillian Bailey and Herr Henschel (vocal), Miss Anna Mehlig and Walter Bache (piano) and Emile Sauret (violin).
19 May: Madame de Caters-LaBlache and Mr J. Maas (vocal), Herr Ludwig Straus (violin) and Mademoiselle Vera Timanoff (piano).


Volume 4 (1884-86)
Seasons: 72 (nos. 3, 5 and 6); 73 (nos. 1-6); and 74 (nos. 1 and 3-6).

72nd season (1884)
20 March: Mr Maas (vocal) and Mademoiselle Janotha (piano), conducted by Anton Dvorak and George Mount.
7 May: Mr Santley (vocal) and Hans von Bulow (piano), conducted by Frederic Cowen.
28 May: Mr Maas and Madame Valleria (vocal), Signor Bottesini (double bass) and Madame Essipoff (piano), conducted by Cowen, including the first performance of Cowen, Symphony No. 4 in B flat.

73rd season (1885)
26 February: Mademoiselle Elly Warnots (vocal) and Herr Joachim (violin).
12 March: Miss Minnie Hauk (vocal) and Mr Oscar Beringer (piano).
26 March: Signor Bottesini (double bass) and Joachim (violin), including Thomas Wingham, New Orchestral Serenade (composed expressly for the Philharmonic Concerts and conducted by the composer)
22 April: Marie Etherington and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal) and Mademoiselle Clotilde Kleeberg (piano).
6 May: Miss Carlotta Elliot (vocal) and Herr Franz Rummel (piano).
20 May: Mr Santley (vocal) and Herr Franz Rummel (piano), including the first English performance of Moszkowski, Symphonic Poem, Johanna d'Arc (conducted by the composer).

74th season (1886)
4 March: Mademoiselle Antoinette Trebelli (vocal), Madame Frickenhaus (piano) and M. Tivadar Nachez (violin), including the first English performance of Moszkowski, Concerto, Violin in C.
1 April: Rose Hersee (vocal), Franz Ondrícek (violin), including the first English performance of Dvorak, Violin Concerto.
15 April: Miss Gertrude Griswold (vocal), Miss Fanny Davies (piano) and Herr Joachim (violin).
19 May: Madame Antoinette Sterling and Miss Agnes Larkcom (vocal) and Camille Saint-Saens (piano), including the first performance of Saint-Saens, Symphony in C (composed for the Society and conducted by the composer).
2 June: Madame Christine Nilsson (vocal) and Franz Ondrícek (violin), including the first performance of Moszkowski, New Suite (composed for the Society and conducted by the composer).


Volume 5 (1911-12, Centenary Season)
7 November: Rachmaninoff (piano), conducted by Mengelberg.
23 November: Robert Radford (vocal) and Sigmund Feuermann (violin), conducted by Charles V. Stanford.
5 December: Lillian Blauvelt (vocal) and Fanny Davies (piano), conducted by Safonoff.
8 February: Cortot (piano), conducted by Sir Edward Elgar.
22 February: Alice Wilna (vocal) and Buhlig (piano), conducted by Landon Ronald.
21 March: Casals (cello) and Busoni (piano), conducted by Sir Alexander Mackenzie.
23 May: Zimbalist (violin) and Cicely Gleeson-White, Ada Crossley, Ben Davies and Herbert Brown (vocal) with the London Choral Society, conducted by Nikisch.


Volume 6 (1912-13)
7 November: Mengelberg (conductor)
21 November: Gervase Elwes (vocal) and Harold Bauer (piano), conducted by Sir F. H. Cowen.
5 December: Madame Tetrazzini (vocal) and Sapellnikoff (piano), conducted by Sir C. Hubert H. Parry and Mr Percy Pitt.
9 January: Safonoff (conductor)
30 January: Busoni (piano), conducted by Landon Ronald.
18 February: Kathleen Parlow (violin), conducted by Mengelberg.
13 March: Perceval Allen, Edna Thorton, Morgan Kingston and Harry Dearth (vocal) and the London Choral Society, conducted by Safonoff.
Format
Date range of collection
1870 - 1913
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Associated Places

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Section
Broad Street Oxford OX1 3BG
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Email
music@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Telephone
01865 277062
Fax
01865 277182 
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
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Accrual Status
closed
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council