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Music at the Centennial Exhibition 1888

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)



To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Music at the Centennial Exhibition 1888", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia): http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/centennial-exhibition-1888-08.php; accessed 16 December 2017


Sub-pages

Programs and reviews of the Centennial Orchestra concerts month by month:


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - August 1888


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - September 1888


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - October 1888


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - November 1888


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - December 1888


Music at the Centennial Exhibition - January 1889


The Centennial Orchestra after the Exhibition - February 1889 and later


News from before the opening of the exhibition

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Orchestra list

"EXHIBITION NOTES. THE ORCHESTRA", The Argus (16 June 1888), 13

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6133263 

The orchestra has now been completed. It consists of 66 members, all of whom are engaged to give their entire services to the commissioners during the period of the Exhibition. Sixteen of the players were engaged in London by Mr. Frederic H. Cowen, and the remainder were obtained from the colonies. The following is a complete list of their names, viz.-

Violins - G. Weston, G. A. Sutch, H, C. Quin (Adelaide), E. Sylvester (Sydney), C. J. Alger (Sydney), F. Schmellitscheck (Sydney), L. Iverson (Albury), A. Wenzel (Sydney), W. H. Thompson, W. J. Law, L. Quin, T. W. Busch, M. A. Phillips, R. F. Hess, A. Casiraghi, R. H. Hunter, A. V. Wallenstein, F. Kruse, F. E. Hornidge, H. T. Schrader (Adelaide), T. Dierich, R. Buttery (London), W. S. Wilson (London), W. A. Robins (London), Max Klein (London), J. P. Connolly (New Zealand).

Violas - Jan Meyroos (London), R. Bima, H. Dettmer, H. Edwards, B. Draeger (Sydney), - Mortimer (London)

Cellos. - J. [recte T.] Liebe (London), C. Reimers, R. Patek, H. E. S. Jeboult (Sydney), F. Finn (Brisbane), G. P. Frayling.

Basses. - A. Ceschina, G. Briese, S. Hore, H. Pikrot [sic ?], W. A. Brown, jun., A. R. Peters.

Bassoons. - P. Langdale (London), H. Wakefield.

Flutes - H. L. Stoneham, F. Burrough (Brisbane).

Oboes - W. H. Morton (London), W. C. Thomson.

Clarionets -J. W. Lundberg, W. Grainger.

Trumpet - H. Warnecke.

Cornets - E. Rawlins (London), J. W. Richardson, sen.

Trombones - R. A. Meek, W. Stoneham, W. Worsley.

Horns - A. Lawson (London), T. Seymour (London), A. Flewin (London), W. Maby (London).

Tuba - C. W. Berg [sic, recte C. R. Berg].

Harp - Fred Barker (London).

Drums - J. Munyard, jun., J. Twentyman.

The orchestra will begin its rehearsals in July under the conductorship of Mr. Cowen.

"On the Wing", Table Talk (22 June 1888), 14

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146022273 

"Local & General", The Tasmanian (23 June 1888), 23

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199506896 

All the engagements for the English contingent of the orchestra for the Melbourne Exhibition (writes the London correspondent of the Argus in the letter of May 11) have been made. The principal cornet player is Mr. Edwin Rawlins, who has been the leading performer on that instrument in the bands of the Royal Horse Guards, and Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres. Mr. A. Lawson, of the 1st Life Guards, is the principal horn, and with him will be associated Mr. Frank Seymour, of the 2nd Life Guards and the Guildhall School of Music; Mr. A. Flewin, of the 1st Life Guards, and Mr. William Mayby, of the 2nd Life Guards. In Mr. Langdale the patrons of the Exhibition will have the pleasure of hearing one of the best of English bassoon players, and a prime favourite at the Royal Italian Opera and the Promenade Concerts. The principal oboe will be in the hands of Mr. W. Morton, of Alhambra fame, and the principal violoncello will be entrusted to Mr. Theodore Liebe, who has achieved an English reputation in connection with that instrument. Herr Meyroos, whose name is a familiar feature at English orchestral concerts, takes the leading violin. The combination will also include a youth of 16, named Frederick Barker, who is a harpist of unusual ability. He came to the front during the late season of the Glasgow Choral Union, under the direction of Mr. Manns. Mr. Thomas, the head of the English harpists, and Sir George Grove have both warmly recommended his appointment as a member of the Melbourne Exhibition orchestra. Messrs Robbins, Buttery, Mortimer, and Wilson complete the list.

"PREPARATIONS FOR THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 June 1888), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13690020 

"THE ORCHESTRA", The Argus (2 August 1888), Supplement 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6896635 

... So we have in our Centennial orchestra in Melbourne, 1888, as follows, namely -

14 first violins, played by Messrs. G. Weston (leader), M. Klein, Schräder, Wenzel, Sutch, Dierich [Dietrich], Schmellitscheck, Wallenstein, Phillips, Silvester, Casiraghi, Thompson, Algers, and Iverson

12 second violins, played by Messrs. Buttery, Conolly, Robins, Kruse, Hunter, Wilson, A. C. Quin, Hess, jun., L. Quin, Busch, Hornidge, jun., and Stevens

6 violas, by Messrs. Meyroos, Bima, Dettmer, Mortimer, Edwards, and Draeger

6 violoncellos, by Messrs Liebe, Reimers, Patek, Harrison, Jeboult, and Frayling

6 contra bassos, by Messrs. Ceschina, Winterbottom, Brown, jun., Briese, Peters, and Pickroh;

2 flutes, by Messrs. H. Stoneham and Burroughs; 1 piccolo, Mr. Kerr; 2 oboes, Messrs. Morton and Thomson (the Cor Anglais is included); two clarinets (bass clarinet included), Messrs. Lundborg and Grainger; two bassoons, Messrs. Langdale and Wakefield;

four horns, Messrs. Lawson, Seymour, Flewin, and Mayby; two cornets, Messrs. Rawlins and Richardson; one trumpet, Mr. Warnecke; three trombones, Messrs. Worsley, Stoneham and S. Hore; one tuba, Mr. Berg

timpani, Mr. Munyard; Grosse Caisse, Mr. Twentyman; cymbale, Mr. Stoneham, jun.; one harp, Mr. Barker; organ, Mr. G. Peake

total, 69 performers, power being given to Mr. F. H. Cowen, the conductor, to employ some extra instruments where special need arises.

"PASSENGERS BY INTERCOLONIAL TRAINS", The Age (13 February 1889), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196989664 

ALBURY. Tuesday. Sydney to Melbourne (express): Fred. H. Cowen, L. J . Cowen, M. A. Phillips, Edward Kerr, A. Peters, J. Twentyman, A. Ceschina, H. Hunter, Jan Meyroos, H. Warnecke, A. H. Huuter, W. R. Morton, A. Flewin, F. Burrough, W. Grainger, J. Gassies, J. W. Lundborg, W. Basset, Mr. and Mrs. T. Richardson, S. Hore, W. Worsley, F. Miller, C. J. Alger, H. Alger, C. R. Berg, W. F. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Thomson, J. Munyard, W. A. Stoneham, W. Stoneham, H. L. Stoneham, F. W. Busch, A. Casiraghi, G. Weston, G. A. Sutch, A. Wentzel, P. G. Langdale, A. M. Lawson, T. Siebe [Liebe], Max Klein, F. Parkin, W. A. Robins, Frank R. Seymour, F. Kruse, C. W. Harrison, W. A. Brown, G. P. Frayling, Fr. Tretwich, Roberto Bimo, A. C. Quin, Barry Stevens (Cowen's Exhibition Orchestra) ...



CONDUCTOR

Frederic H. COWEN


ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Alberto ZELMAN


FIRST VIOLINS (14)

George WESTON (leader)

Max KLEIN (deputy leader) (London)

Hermann T. SCHRADER (Adelaide)

Albert WENTZEL (Sydney)

George A. SUTCH

Franz DIERICH

Felix SCHMELLITSCHECK (Sydney)

A. V. WALLENSTEIN

M. A. PHILLIPS

Eugene SYLVESTER (Sydney)

Angelo CASIRAGHI

W. THOMPSON

Christopher J. ALGER

L. IVERSON (Albury)


SECOND VIOLINS (12)

R. BUTTERY (London)

J. P. CONNOLLY (New Zealand)

W. A. ROBINS (London)

F. W. KRUSE

H. HUNTER

W. WILSON (London)

Alfred C. QUIN (Adelaide)

Frederick HESS, junior

L. QUIN

T. BUSCH

F. E. HORNIDGE, junior

? STEVENS


VIOLAS (6)

John B. ZERBINI (leader)

Jan MEYROOS (London)

Roberto BIMO

Henry DETTMER

MORTIMER (London)

H. EDWARDS

B. DRAEGER (Sydney)


VIOLONCELLOS (6)

Theodore LIEBE (London)

C. REIMERS

Rudolph PATEK

C. W. HARRISON

H. E. S. JEBOULT (Sydney)

George P. FRAYLING


CONTRA BASSOS (6)

A. CESCHINA

William WINTERBOTTOM

A. BROWN, jun.

G. BRIESE

A. R. PETERS

H. PICKROH


FLUTES

Herbert L. STONEHAM

Frank BURROUGH (Brisbane)


PICCOLO

Edward KERR


OBOES (also cor anglais)

W. R. MORTON (London)

W. C. THOMSON


CLARINETS (also bass clarinet)

John William LUNDBORG

W. GRAINGER


BASSOON

Philip LANGDALE

Henry WAKEFIELD


HORNS

A. LAWSON (London)

Frank SEYMOUR (London)

A. FLEWIN (London)

William MAYBY (London)


CORNETS

Edwin RAWLINS

J. W. RICHARDSON, senior


TRUMPET

Henry WARNECKE


TROMBONES

W. WORSLEY

William STONEHAM

Samuel HORE


TUBA

Charles R. BERG


TIMPANI

John MUNYARD, junior


GROSSE CAISSE

J. TWENTYMAN


CYMBALE

W. STONEHAM, junior


HARP

Fred. BARKER


ORGAN

George PEAKE






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