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Today in WMH: America Not Quite Ready for Mozart.


4/8 Today in Weird Music History: 1865.  Mozart’s great works took awhile to catch on in America.  The American premiere of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertate in E-flat major, K. 364 for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra took place on this date in 1865 in New York City, with violinist Theodore Thomas and violist Georg Matzka.  The New York Times review was brutal:

“On the whole we would prefer death to a repetition of this production. The wearisome scale passages on the little fiddle repeated ad nausea on the bigger one were simply maddening.”



  1. I could understand the americans were behind classical music of many kinds by that time, and I find this NY Times’ review was simply mirroring that general ignorance (perhaps) in that époque, in america!

  2. Heather D. says:

    Well, he has a point….

    • rlbaldwin2 says:

      Thanks for your comment, but I respectfully disagree. The piece is fantastic, although I concede that it may have not been fantastically played. Mozart is deceptively tricky to pull off well. And I wonder if a depleted musician core in the orchestra due to the Civil War might have affected the quality. Thanks for reading!

    • Ally says:

      I love these aricelts. How many words can a wordsmith smith?

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