Music in Wrocław gardens
Wrocław’s musical life became particularly intense in the late 18th century, a process that lasted throughout the 19th century. Music became increasingly present in the public life of the city residents, also owing to the numerous musical ensembles (bands and orchestras) giving open-air performances of popular music, mainly in gardens and parks. Inns with gardens sprang up in the suburbs and for a long time they remained a model of entertainment venues in which cuisine was combined with music. Their activities were a counterbalance to high art presented in churches, theatres or concert halls. Garden entertainment and leisure grounds for the general public played an important role in the social and cultural life of the city. The present author examines this phenomenon in a historical context, taking into account source material in the form of surviving press articles, concert programmes, memoirs as well as iconographic material. She describes the repertoire, the performers and the customs associated with open-air concerts.