Halle, Sir Charles

Autograph Sentiment Signed by the accomplished pianist-conductor, founded Manchester's Hallé Orchestra 1858

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(1819-1895) Anglo-German pianist and conductor, founder of The Hallé Orchestra in 1858. As a child he showed remarkable gifts for pianoforte, performing a sonatina in public at 4. He studied in Darmstadt, Germany in 1835, and in 1836 went to Paris, where for 12 years he associated with Cherubini, Chopin, Liszt and other musicians, and enjoyed the friendship of literary figures Alfred de Musset and George Sand. He began a set of chamber concerts when the Revolution of 1848 drove him from Paris with his family to London. He conducted elsewhere in the country also performing as a pianist. He was the first pianist to play the complete series of Beethoven's piano sonatas in England. Hallé's piano recitals, given at first from 1850 in his own house, and from 1861 in St. James's Hall in Piccadilly, were an important feature of London musical life, and brought knowledge of Beethoven's pianoforte sonatas to English society. A founding member of the Liverpool Philharmonic, he moved to Manchester in 1853 to direct Manchester's Gentleman's Concerts, which had its own orchestra, and, in May 1857, put together a small orchestra to play for Prince Albert at the opening ceremony of the Art Treasures of Great Britain, the biggest single exhibition Manchester ever hosted. Hallé accepted the challenge and kept the group together until October, forming the fledgling Hallé Orchestra. He began a series of his own concerts, raising the orchestra to a pitch of perfection quite unknown in England at that time. He continued working with the orchestra as a formal organization, and it gave its 1st concert under those auspices on Jan. 30, 1858, at the Free Trade hall. By 1861 the orchestra was in financial trouble (it performed only 2 concerts that year), but survived under a series of accomplished conductors. In 1888, Hallé was knighted and in 1890 & 1891 he toured with his violinist (2nd) wife Wilma Neruda in Australia and elsewhere. In 1891, he helped found the Royal Manchester College of Music, serving as head and chief professor of pianoforte. The Hallé Orchestra, still based in Manchester, supports a choir, youth choir, youth training choir, children's choir and a youth orchestra, and releases recordings on its own record label. From 1943-70, music director Sir John Barbirolli restored the Hallé to national prominence. The Hallé Choir was founded with the orchestra in 1858 by Sir Charles Hallé. Autograph sentiment ("yours truly") signed on 4 x 5 autograph album page piece

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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