chapter  14
German Nationalism and the Reception of the Czech String Quartet in Vienna
ByElizabeth Way Sullivan
Pages 18

In January 1893 the Czech String Quartet presented their first concert in Vienna. Founded in 1891 by four students at the Prague Conservatory, the youthful quartet were greeted with such enthusiasm that the players had to lengthen their stay in Vienna in order to perform three more concerts.1

From the start they were compared to the most prominent Viennese ensembles. In his review for Die Presse, for example, Robert Hirschfeld wrote that the quartet from Prague had