David Popper's birth date has long been a mystery: Some sources state 16 June, some 18 June, and some even 7 December 1843. His death certificate, however, gives 18 June 1843 as the day of his birth. Until a record of his birth is unveiled (hopefully in Prague one day), we assume that 18 June 1843 is correct.
Saturday, 9. May 1846
Popper's brother Wilhelm born
Thursday, 29. March 1860
Ständisches Theater, Prague
Hans von Bülow, piano
David Popper, cello
Carolina Klettner, soprano
Josef Rebicek, violin
Johann Hrimaly, violin
Orchestra of the Prague Conservatory
Johann Friedrich Kittl, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Op. 68
Ambros: Overture to Der wunderthätige Magus
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73
Servais: Souvenir de St. Petersbourg, Op. 15
Hérold: Aria from Der Zweikampf
Leonard: Les Echos
Wagner (arr. Liszt): Tannhäuser-Marsch
Sunday, 19. April 1863
Hector Berlioz, conductor
Berlioz: Harold en Italie
Berlioz: King Lear Ouverture
Berlioz: "Festival at Capulet's" and "Love Scene" from "Romeo and Juliet"
Berlioz: Roman Carnival
When Popper accompanied Berlioz to the train station, he realized that he had forgotten his overcoat at the hoel. Popper gave him his instead. Later they were exchanged by post, and Popper received a warm note of thanks from Berlioz.
Wednesday, 2. December 1863
Richard Wagner, conductor
Wagner: Faust Ouverture
Wagner: Meistersinger Ouverture
Wagner: Lohengrin Ouverture
Wagner: Vorspiel and "Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde"
Wagner: Tannhäuser Ouverture
Sunday, 24. January 1864
David Popper, cello
Hans von Bülow, conductor
Volkmann: Cello Concerto
Servais: Cello Concerto
Bülow writes in a letter to Joachim Raff afterwards: "I had great pleasure from the concert. Popper gave an extraordinarily pleasing performance of Volkmann's cello concerto. He is 21 years old, and is a remarkable talent, has a beautiful tone, and great technique. He has a promising future."
Friday, 12. February 1864
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
"Herr Popper from Löwenberg, Kammervirtuoso of the Prince Hohenzollern-Hechingen, played Volkmann's highly poetic and dramatically important concerto (Op. 33), and a concerto by Servais, for cello. We want !o mention especially the excellent virtuosity of his splendid style, and the concerto's spirited orchestration. In his performance of the difficult concertpiece, Herr Popper showed an extraordinary gift for his instrument. He not only played both concertos without music, but his rich, expressive, and beautifully produced tone in the characteristic violoncello range, his excellent, polished tcchnique in doublestop and trill passages in every position of this demanding instrument, won lively acclaim from the audience."