First Performances in Music Hall

The Third Biennial Musical Festival was held on May 14, 15, 16 and 17, 1878. It consisted of 41 selections over those four days. The repertoire is listed below, by composer.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude, Choral, and Fugue

Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriola Overture, Opus 62 • Fidelio ''Abscheulicher'' • Symphony No. 3, Eroica • Symphony No. 9 Choral

Hector Berlioz: Romeo % Juliette, Dramatic Symphony

Luigi Boccherini: String Quartet in E Major Opus 13, No. 5, menuet only

Max Bruch: Aria from Odysseus, cantata, Opus 41

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor septet from act II

Antonin Dvorák: Stabat mater, Opus 58

Jean-Baptiste Faure: Song: The Psalms (Les rameaux)

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste, Selections from the opera

Carl Goldmark: Sakuntala, Overture, Opus 13

Charles Gounod: Song: The Valley

Hermann Graedener: Capriccio, Opus 4

Fromental Halevy: La Juive, opera: ''If laws severe'' cavatina

George Frideric Handel: Ezio ''Nasce il bosca'' from act II of the opera • Semele, recitative and aria from the oratorio • Largo from the opera Xerxes

Franz Liszt: Missa solemnes • Song: Die Loreley

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture only

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute

Joachin Raff: Symphony No. 5, Lenore, march tempo

Alberto Randegger: ''Repose in piece,'' aria

Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell, opera Overture

Franz Schubert: Serenade • Symphony in B Minor, Unfinished

William Schuman: Manfred, incidental music to Byron's poem, Overture • Interlude, ''Zwischenactmusik'' • Invocation of the Alpine Fay, ''Rufung der Alpenfee'' • Traumerei

Otto Singer: Cantata, Festival Ode (World Premiere)

Giuseppe Verdi: ''O don fatale, from the opera Don Carlos act IV

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin • Scenes from act II and act III Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg • Scenes from act II and act III Die Walkure • Scenes from act II Die Walkure • Overture to Tannhauser

Carl Maria von Weber: Scenes from act I Der FreischutzInvitation to the Dance • Scenes from act I, Oberon


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