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date: 11 May 2021

Baden-Badenlocked

  • Friedrich Baser
  •  and Thorsten Lorenz

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Town in south-west Germany. Before its 19th-century blossoming as a spa town, the town’s musical life was unremarkable. The margraves patronized music from the 15th century onwards, most notably Philip II (d 1588), and the Jesuit college gave comedies with music until 1771.

Baden-Baden became one of the most famous international spas in Europe in the 19th century, not least because of its casino. It was the artistic ‘summer capital’ of Europe, and a meeting-place of fashionable society. Such virtuosos as Liszt, Thalbert and Paganini gave concerts there. The newly renovated Konversationshaus opened in 1855 with the première of Les amoureux de Perrette, an opéra comique by the French composer Louis Clapisson, successor to Halévy at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Only a year later Clapisson’s opéra comique Le sylphe also had its première in Baden-Baden. Berlioz conducted the Baden-Baden orchestra in the summer of 1853 and the summers of ...

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