Symphony No.1, Op.71 (Berger, Wilhelm)

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Caprotti (2011/5/29)

Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1899. Plate Part.B. 1431.
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Work Title Symphony No.1
Alternative. Title
Composer Berger, Wilhelm
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.71
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWB 10
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
  1. Lebhaft (Vivace)
  2. Sehr lebhaft (Molto vivace) (in G minor)
  3. Langsam (Andante) (in D minor)
  4. Sehr lebhaft (Molto vivace)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1896-7
First Performance. 1898 June, Mainz
First Publication. 1899 – Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel
Dedication Emil und Fritz Steinbach
Average DurationAvg. Duration 46-48 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (B, F), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, strings
External Links Program Notes to the First Boston Performance of the Symphony (Nov. 3&4 1899, Boston Symphony conducted by Wilhelm Gericke)
Preface by Dominik Kreuzer, 2017

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was it first performed in 1898? a 1913 magazine claims "Professor Karl Panzner conducted the first performance of Wilhelm Berger's first symphony" (Musical times and singing-class circular, May 1 1913, page 339. Dusseldorf. Panzner (1866–1923) also premiered Ewald Straesser's 5th symphony in G.) First British performance however was in 1901 October. (Musical Times, December 1 1901, page 823.) MPH preface gives the week and place of first performance (do ignore the description as symphony in B major; the muddling of H-dur/B-dur/B major/B-flat major does no one any favors, leading to some works that _are_ in B major being described as B-flat (e.g. Tournemire 2) under the assumption that this muddling must have occurred, etc.)

The program notes linked above (notes proper start on p.146 - translated from notes for the symphony circulated by the firm Praeger & Meier of Berlin) note that he was born in Boston, by the way, though his family returned to Bremen the year after his birth. 1896-7 composition dates per biography.

(Hrm, nice fughetta, or hint of one, to open the finale...)

ADMV program of 1898 performance.