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CHARLES N. BOYD (1875-1937)

qr 780.973 B66s volumes 3-6

Location: Oliver Room


Scrapbooks of The Mozart Club 1898-1906

Volume 3

  1. The Mozart Club was founded in 1878, and in their mailing of January 1898, Charles N. Boyd it listed as its Manager. Others officers: Robert Pitcairn, president; R. M. Repp, secretary; W. W. Ramsey, treasurer; and J. P. McCollum, conductor.

  2. A Prospectus of the Mozart Club's 20th year (1897-98) states in part: "At the time the Mozart Club was organized in 1878, we had no active representative musical society in this city capable of rendering music in the larger forms. It had worthy predecessors, but a lack of public interest in their work tended to their dissolution." The cornerstone of the Club was to be "…the study and performance of the highest order of music…" Its repertoire has included standard repertoire plus many new works (to Pittsburgh) totaling about 40.

  3. The 190 pages of this scrapbook contain newspaper clippings about the Club, its members, its performances, and artists.

Volume 4

Scrapbook of the Mozart Club - 1899

  1. Announcement dated September 13, 1899: "The first rehearsal for the season 1899-1900 will be held next Monday evening the 18th at 7:45 p.m., at which time the "Swan and the Skylark" and Wagner excerpts will be rehearsed. Full and prompt attendance is desired and earnestly requested. R. M. Repp, Secretary."

  2. Next news clipping: On Monday evening of next week the Mozart Club will hold the first rehearsal of its twenty-second season in the club rooms, 237 Fourth Avenue.

  3. Flyer of November 7, 1899 outlines works to be presented this season by this 200-voice choral group, J. P. McCullom, Director: November 28, excerpts from "Lohengrin," and cantata "The Swan and the Skylark" by Arthur G. Thomas. December 28, Handel's "Messiah." February 20 , Berlioz's "Damnation of Faust." April 26 "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" by S. Coleridge-Taylor. May 17, Haydn's "Seasons." Accompaniments by Pittsburgh Orchestra. Flyer signed by Charles N. Boyd, Business Manager.

  4. The balance of this scrapbook contains newspaper reviews and comments about the performances of the Mozart Club and guest soloists.

Volume 5

Scrapbook of the Mozart Club - 1900

  1. Postcard notice dated Pittsburgh, September 14, 1900: "The first rehearsal of the Mozart Club for the season 1900-1901 will be in the Club Rooms, 237 Fourth Avenue on Monday evening, September 17th at 7:45 o'clock. A full attendance is urged. R. M. Repp, Secretary."

  2. Letterhead of August 1901 lists officers of the Mozart Club: Robert Pitcairn, president; W. I. Mustin, vice-president; R. M. Repp, secretary; W. W. Ramsey, treasurer; J. P. McCollum, conductor; and Charles N. Boyd, manager.

  3. Programs for this season: November 20 - Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer," and Gade's "Crusaders." December 27 - Handel's "Messiah." March 5 - Mendelssohn's "Elijah." April 12 - Russian pianist, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, will play a program of Beethoven, Chopin, Tschaikowsky and Rubinstein; and the Mozart Club singers will be heard in works by Rheinberger, Nevin and Koschat. May 17 - Gounod's "Gallia" and Gaul's "Holy City," which will be the 99th in number for the club's closing 23rd years' work.

  4. The balance of this scrapbook contains newspaper reviews and comments about the performances of the Mozart Club and guest soloists.

Volume 6

Scrapbook of the Mozart Club - 1903, 1905, 1906

  1. The closing concert of the 25th season was May 15, 1903, and included eight short works of a "somewhat lighter character" than earlier concerts of this season.

  2. Programs for the 1903-04 season are: December 15 - Berlioz's "Te Deum;" December 29 - Handel's "Messiah;" March 17, 1904 - Bach's St. Matthew Passion;" and May 14, 1904 - Haydn's "The Seasons."

  3. The first concert of the Mozart Club's 28th season - November 7, 1905 - began with the singing of Mendelssohn's "Elijah."

  4. The Mozart Club begins its 29th season with Verdi's "Requiem" on November 15, 1906 in Carnegie Music Hall accompanied by the Pittsburgh Orchestra. December 12 they presented Handel's "Messiah."

  5. Note: Newspaper articles and programs are not presented chronologically in this volume