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Gewandhaus

Summary
Gewandhaus is a concert hall in Leipzig, the home of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Today's hall is the third to bear this name; like the second, it is noted for its fine acoustics. History The first Gewandhaus (Altes Gewandhaus) The first concert hall was constructed in 1781 by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe inside the Gewandhaus, a building used by cloth (garment) merchants. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (The Emperor Concerto) premiered here in 1811. Felix Mendelssohn is particularly associated with the first Gewandhaus, of which he was director from 1835. Other well-known works which premiered at the Altes Gewandhaus include:
  • Schubert's Great Symphony (21 March 1839, posth.)
  • Schumann's Spring Symphony (31 March 1841)
  • Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony (3 March 1842)
  • Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (13 March 1845)
  • Wagner's overture to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (2 June 1862; the full opera was not performed until 1868)
  • Brahms' A German
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