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Photograph by J. J. Mayall. London, 1 December 1861. Prince Albert: Six Songs. London, [1840]. No.6 is An einen Boten, composed in Florence in 1839, to 'an old German text'. Prince Albert: Wakest thou Love, Serenade. A piano arrangement of Albert's 'first musical attempt', composed Coburg, April 1838. Five commemorative items published in the year of the marriage. One of Prince Albert's first important royal initiatives was the expansion of the Queen's Private [wind] Band into a full orchestra. First heard privately on Christmas Eve, 1840 at Windsor Castle, the orchestra was presented to a larger gathering in the Grand Saloon, Buckingham Palace on 10 February 1841 - the evening following Princess Victoria's christening and the first anniversary of the royal wedding. Programmes and flyers for five of the Prince's twelve concerts for the Concerts of Ancient Music, 1840-1848. The concert on 5 May 1847 included Mendelssohn's last public performance anywhere: he played Bach's Prelude and Fugue on B A C H. The following day he transcribed a Song without Words for the Queen and the Prince (the eighth 4-hands transcription he had made for them) and delivered the manuscript to Buckingham Palace just before leaving England for the last time. Prince Albert's chorales were sung at Royal christenings and weddings until well after his death.  This service sheet is for the baptism of the son of Prince and Princess Christian, 21 May 1867. The Collected Compositions of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort. Edited by W. G. Cusins, London, [1882].  Cusins (1833-1893) was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 1870 and knighted in 1892.  This copy belonged to the Hon. Emily Sarah Cathcart (1834-1917), who was appointed Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria in 1855 and later Woman of the Bedchamber. The Prince's most substantial work, completed at Osborne in 1845, is this Italian cantata for four solo singers with piano accompaniment. It was performed (in an orchestration by Costa) at the Birmingham Festival of 1859 and, on 20 May 1867, at the Foundation Stone Laying of the Royal Albert Hall.