One hundred and sixty three years ago today (12/22/1853), María Teresa Gertrudis de Jesús Carreño (Teresa Carreño) was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She became a piano prodigy who débuted at Irving Hall in New York City on November 25, 1862 at the age of eight years old. Performing works by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Sigismond Thalberg, Theodor Döhler, and Louis M. Gottschalk, which delighted her audience and demonstrated her virtuosic abilities, prompting New York critics to write: (more…)
As part of my ongoing project, Documenting Teresa Carreño, I am plotting a sample of her concert appearances between 1862 and 1865 in a Neatline Exhibit. To do this most efficiently rather than add each geocoded address to each Item Record, I explored using the programming language, Ruby. The Scholars’ Lab has two very useful tutorials on geocoding for Neatline with Ruby, which I followed and modified in order to meet my needs, and so it would function with the 2.1.4 version of Omeka that I am using for my project. Since I had 60 Item Records ready for import into Omeka, I wanted to geo-code the addresses of each concert appearance and import them as a batch upload using the CSV Plugin. It is also possible to create Item Records only with the location (coverage) information and a few other Dublin Core elements, which would be imported directly into Omeka using Ruby with the Mechanize Gem. (more…)
Five years after the opening night (May 5, 1891) of Carnegie’s new Music Hall, Teresa Carreño made her appearance on January 8, 1897. This appearance was one of thirty-two performances she gave at Carnegie Hall, the last one occurring on December 8, 1916—six months before her death on June 12, 1917. Of these thirty-two performances, Carreño appeared in twenty-three as a soloist with full orchestra, and in nine as featured solo pianist.
In Documenting Teresa Carreño, I have curated content about each of these performances by creating an individual record for each with the following: description – repertoire, conductor, orchestra, time of concert, and ticket prices; primary source citations – advertisements, announcements, reviews, and concert programs; coverage – temporal (dates) and geographic (location); tags – venue [i.e. Carnegie Hall], geographic location [i.e. New York – New York], year, composer and composition title of repertoire performed by Carreño. Whenever possible, I have added links to primary source materials that are available in the public domain or as digital objects, so they can be accessed online and to encourage greater interest in Carreño’s performance career. In addition to researching details about her appearances in Carnegie Hall documented in nineteenth and twentieth-century newspapers and music journals, I accessed the Carnegie Hall Performance History Search, which contains records of performances at Carnegie Hall from 1891 through 1950, to verify details related to each of Carreño’s performances. (more…)