[Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)]
All-Beethoven 1889 Program Performed at the Berlin Philharmonie
Original Philharmonie-Concert-Zeitung dated 31 October 1889 for an all-Beethoven program, including the Trio in B-flat major, Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, the Romances in G and F major for violin, and the Trio in D major, all performed by Heinrich Barth, Heinrich de Ahna, and Robert Hausmann, who had been performing subscription concerts as a trio since 1878. This Beethoven-Abend was part of a new series of 'popular' (cheap) concerts they'd started at the Philharmonie earlier in the same year. The trio would continue performing together for another 20 years, with de Ahna replaced upon his death in 1892 by Emanuel Wirther. Most of the booklet is dedicated to advertisements for every sort of local business you can imagine, from chocolatiers to harmonium sellers and lamp oil providers to fan repairmen. Light wear and surface creases along spine, else fine, 20 pp., 5.5 x 8.75 inches (14 x 22.25 cm.).
Concerts performed by the trio "were frequently mentioned in the papers as being sold out up to their end in 1907. As the Musikalisches Wochenblatt acknowledged, the full house (the Philharmonie had over 2000 seats) indicated that despite Berlin having so much music to offer, there was a need for these cheap concerts of chamber masterworks. A Berlin newspaper concurred: 'It enables a wider circle of our public to get to know the most valued pieces of the German chamber music literature, a pleasure that up till now has not been granted. The extraordinary interest found in the first popular chamber music evening in the Philharmonie is proof of the thankfulness of the music-loving lay public for this new scheme.'... By selling tickets for 1 Mark rather than the usual 3-5 Marks, they attracted an audience made up of the best of Berlin, which, as one reviewer put it, 'we know is not the same as the richest.'" (Sanna Pederson, The Piano Trio of Hausmann, Barth and de Ahna, sannapederson.oucreate.com)