Thomas Ryan in Boston - at the end of 1846

from Recollections of an old musician, page 56:


In the winter of 1846 the first moderately complete orchestra, known as the Steyermark Orchestra, came to the United States from Europe. They numbered about twenty men, good players, with Francis Riha as first violin and director, who afterward became the second violin of the Mendelssohn Quintette Club. They played mostly light dance music, overtures, potpourris, and solos. They did everything with great “ chic ” or “ snap,” which was a new thing to our people.

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Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 56. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Thomas Ryan

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Dance music performed by Francis Riha, Steyermark orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1846
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:45:36 +0000
Approved on Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:36:06 +0000