[Berlin Philharmonic] [Bülow, Hans von. (1830–1894)] [Kogel, Gustav F. (1849–1921)] [Soldat, Marie. (1863–1955)] [Pauer, Max von. (1866-1945)]
1880s Berlin Philharmonic Programs
Collection of nine Berlin Philharmonic programs dated from 1887 to 1890, including three performances under the baton of Hans von Bülow and six under Gustav Kogel with soloists including Emil Blauwaërt (singer), Charles Gregorowitsch (violin), Alfred Grünfeld (piano), Max Pauer (piano), and Marie Soldat (violin), and including early performances of works by Brahms, Damrosch, Gevaërt, Grieg, Raff, Saint-Saëns, Wagner and others, as well as pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvořák, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Schumann, Tschaikowski, Weber, and more. Booklets pertaining to performances led by Bülow include extensive essays that include printed examples of various important motivic figures from the pieces performed, and in the back are numerous advertisements for local businesses. The program dated 9 November 1888 includes within a folded copy of the free program patrons would have received at the door, and reveals that these souvenir booklets were purchased at a cost of 30 pfeniges. Some surface creasing and edge wear, overall in fine condition given age, 16 or 36 pp., 5.5 x 8.25 inches (14 x 21 cm.) or 5.5 x 8.75 (14 x 22.25).
In 1887, five years after the 1882 formation of the BPO, Bülow took over the post of conductor for the Berlin Philharmonic. It was under his leadership that the orchestra began to establish a formidable international reputation.