January 2, 2015… that a week tomorrow… marks the centenary of the death of Carl Goldmark and practically nothing is being done abaout it. Goldmark was one of the most popular and powerful composers in Vienna in the times of Brahms and Mahler. His opera, The Queen of Sheba, was hugely popular in his time, performed almost every year at the Vienna Opera from 1875 to 1938.
His Rustic Wedding Symphony was a favourite of Bernstein’s. Today, his violin concerto is occasionally played – and that’s about it.
A plan to revive the Queen of Sheba in a synagogue in Berlin next February has been scrapped for lack of funds.
The small Austrian town of Deutschkreutz will mark the Jan 2 anniversary with a recital by Paul Gulda and a scattering of events through the year.