|First Publication||1899 – Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel|
|Genre Categories||; ;|
|Work Title||Symphony No.1|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||Op.71|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWB 10|
|First Performance.||1898 June, Mainz|
|First Publication.||1899 – Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel|
|Dedication||Emil und Fritz Steinbach|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Romantic|
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.
(Hrm, nice fughetta, or hint of one, to open the finale...)
ADMV program of 1898 performance.