Schroeder Premieres

Hans Pfitzner               

Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 1 (1890)

Alwin Schroeder gave its Boston, and possibly US, premiere with pianist Arthur Whiting on a Kneisel Quartet concert at Union Hall, December 31, 1894. The sonata was described as "new" in press announcements of the concert. The New Year's Day reviews of this concert were little more than brief reports. Boston Journal music critic Philip Hale acknowledged Pfitzner as "a young musician of talent in Frankfurt" and laconically added: "The sonata gave great pleasure and it was interpreted admirably." (Jan. 1, 1895, p. 7) There appear to have been no further Schroeder performances of the work.