Documenting Teresa Carreño

Lyceum Hall (January 20, 1863)


Carreño gave a concert in Salem at Lyceum Hall, which was a repeat of her recital given in Boston on Jan. 13, 1863. She performed works by Mendelssohn, Thalberg, Chopin, Goria, Döhler, and Herz. Tickets cost $0.50.


AdvertisementSalem Register, 15 January 1863, 2.

Advertisement: Salem Register, 15 January 1863, 3.

AdvertisementSalem Register, 19 January 1863, 2. 

Review: Salem Register, 22 January 1863, 2.


Kijas, Anna


Salem Register, January 15, 1863.

Teresa Carreno in Salem again. The brilliant child pianist, as will be seen by her advertisement, [is] to give another entertainment in Salem on Tuesday evening next, which will display her talents to the greatest advantage. She is to repeat here the grand Piano Forte Recital, which astonished the musical artists of Boston last Tuesday evening, illustrating the compositions of Mendelssohn, Thalberg, Chopin, Goria, Dohler, Herz, &c. The Journal says of this wonderful exhibition:-- This talented young lady undertook a task exceeding anything before performed by her in this city, to wit, a piano recital, in which her own fairy fingers were to furnish all the entertainment. Tickets were placed at the price of one dollar, and Chickering’s Hall was well filled at that price. The best judges of music among us assembled to hear her, and those whose criticism would necessarily be severe and undoubtedly impartial. For nearly two hours--excepting the usual rests between the different pieces--the little genius held her audience spell bound. The task was herculean. The selections were some of the most difficult extant, and they required not skill alone, but an adaptation to the style of each composer. The skill of Thalberg, the refinement of Mendelssohn, the delicacy of Chopin and Dohler, and the intricate manipulation of the fantasias had ample exposition, and left nothing to be desired from the most exacting. There could be no mistake in this, for the whole thing was an open exhibition, no assistance, either personal or by the aid of notes, being required. Nothing but genius of the most remarkable nature could master such a result, and we may safely call this little pianist one of the greatest wonders of the age.

Salem Register, January 15, 1863. 

Piano Forte Recital. Teresa Carreno, the Child Pianist, Pronounced by the unanimous voice of the musical profession, the press and the public, to be the Greatest Wonder in the Musical World, will by general request give a Piano Forte Recital, in Lyceum Hall, on Tuesday Evening, Jan. 20, when she will give illustrations from the following Great Masters: Mendelssohn, Thalberg, Chopin, Dohler, Goria, Herz.Tickets, 50 cents each -- can be obtained at the Bookstores of Whipple & Smith and George Creamer, Essex street. Doors open at 6--to commence at 7 o'clock.

Salem Register, January 19, 1863.

Teresa Carreno. The wonderful little pianist is to devote the whole of to-morrow evening to an exhibition of her marvellous musical genius and skill. The entertainment is to be the same which excited so great a sensation in Boston, of which the Transcript says: The entertainment was exclusively sustained by the little girl; the music selected for performance being from the compositions of Thalberg, Goria, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Herz, and Dohler; to which was added, by request, her own waltz, which she has played on former occasions. She rendered these pieces with astonishing if not equal ability, not only fulfilling their literal requisitions, but catching and imparting in almost every instance the spirit, traits and characteristics of authorship. Perhaps the most wonderful interpretation was that of the Mendelssohn Rondo, where the demand alike for actual technical skill, and the poetic and artistic quality of thought to turn, shade, and perfectly dispose its exuberant playfulness and fancy, was happily and remarkably met. The Nocturne of Chopin was also expressed tenderly and with real beauty and finish; while the nerve and executive resource displayed in the Herz fantasia expelled equal delight and wonder. We doubt if any one present last evening could escape the involuntary conviction of the marvellous musical endowment and superior intelligence which manifest themselves in this little girl. The musical public will please to observe that the Concert is to commence at seven o’clock, and not at half past seven, as erroneously printed on the programmes and posters.

Salem Register, January 22, 1863.

Teresa Carreno had a large and appreciative audience to listen to her piano-forte Recital on Tuesday evening, and every body was astonished at her wonderful skill and power. She fully sustained the most exalted opinion of her merits and is indeed a little prodigy.


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