Organ Recital: 7th

Event Information

Young Men’s Christian Association Hall

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 October 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Mar 1870, 3:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Grief and pain; Woe and rue
Composer(s): Bach
Participants:  Antoinette Sterling
aka Es war ein Konig in Thule; King of Thule
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Antoinette Sterling


Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 March 1870, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 10 March 1870, 4.

“Mr. Warren, assisted by Miss Nettie Sterling, gave the last of his second series of organ recitals in Association Hall yesterday afternoon. The audience, we are glad to note, was larger than on any previous occasion. The programme embraced selections from Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, Schumann, Spohr and Liszt. The Concerto No. 5 in F, by Handel, the andante movement in the Sonata No. 3, in A minor, by Van Eyken, and a concert fantasia in D minor by Volkmar, claim especial notice for beauty and effect. Miss Sterling won a well deserved encore for her admirable interpretation of Liszt’s ballad, ‘Es War Ein Koenig in Thule,’ and a canzonetta by Hauptmann. We are glad to observe that the regret we expressed last week at the prospect of this being the last recital, was premature, and that a new series will be commenced ere long. Mr. Warren is engaged in a good enterprise, and merits all proper encouragement. It is fortunate that we have a few thorough musicians in the City, with the requisite courage to resist the demand for ‘sensational music,’ and in the end their efforts will surely be crowned with the only kind of success worth being proud of. While we may weary of too much solid food, it is certainly better for us than the wretched fancy compounds which leave behind them no pleasurable aftertaste. And we say again that while Mr. Warren may not make his concerts ‘popular,’ he certainly does make them both instructive and interesting. The tendency to be ‘fast,’ in music, is as deplorable as when it exists in relation to any other subject. And we propose continuing to proclaim our belief that it is, so long as the tendency is yielded to by those who disregard its evil effects in an unwearying race for ‘popularity.’”

Review: New York Herald, 13 March 1870.

“The hall was crowded on Wednesday afternoon on occasion of Mr. Samuel P. Warren’s seventh organ recital. The programme was a historical one. The organ selections were from the works of Scarlatti, Bach, Krebs, Handel, Schumann, Spohr, Van Evken and Volkmar. Mr. Warren displayed much research and study, and a devotion to art and appreciation of the peculiarities of the various schools which stamps him as an organist of rare merit. But the feature of the matinee was the exquisite singing of Miss Nettie Sterling in Bach’s ‘Grief and Pain’ from the Passions, and Liszt’s ‘King of Thule.’ This lady has improved greatly since her visit to Europe. Her voice has lost none of its rich contralto tones, and her management of it is highly artistic.”