Hugo Bussmeyer Historical Soirée Musicale

Event Information

Steinway's Rooms

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 August 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Apr 1869, Evening

Program Details

Program also included unidentified works by Mozart, Handel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Liszt, and Gounod.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Corelli
Composer(s): Scarlatti
Composer(s): Tartini
aka Harmonious blacksmith; Harmonische Grobschmied; Forgeron harmonieux
Composer(s): Handel
Participants:  Hugo Bussmeyer
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Participants:  Hugo Bussmeyer


Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 April 1869, 14.
Announcement: New York Post, 21 April 1869.

“This evening Parepa appears at Steinway Hall, with Nordblom, the new tenor, Mr. Rosa, violinist, and Mr. Pease. This evening, also, Mr. Bussmeyer gives his concert at the same place—at least his advertisement says so, though, of course, there must be some mistake.” [Though the advertisements read “Steinway Hall” for this performance, the review in Dwight’s Jounral of Music makes clear that the event took place in Steinway’s Rooms.]

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 08 May 1869, 29.

“I omitted to mention that on Wednesday evening, Mr. Hugo Bussmeyer gave an ‘Historical Soiree Musicale’ in Steinway’s ware-rooms.  He was assisted by Mr. Kopta, Mr. Von Inten, Mlle. Orloff, and Mme. Werner.  There were Sonatas by Corelli, Scarlatti, and Tartini, and other morceaux by Mozart, Handel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Liszt, and Gounod. Mr. Bussmeyer played among other thigns, Handel’s ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ and Jaglied by Mendelssohn (Lieder ohne worte, Bk. I, no. 3); the former he did tolerably, by the latter was inconceivable bad; he hammers and pounds the keys and uses the loud pedal with perfect looseness.”