Lady Mary Monkswell et al. in Royal Albert Hall - May, 1877
The great Wagner gave the first of a series of concerts in the Albert Hall. Bertha [Collier] & I went (price 15/-). I was much interested to see the old boy, the idol of so many hearts including Mr. Dannreuther’s [a well-known music master of the period]. He is about 60—short with a hooked nose, & thick short grey hair. He conducted—the cheered him immensely. The Modern School feel for him as their ancestors felt for Beethoven, a dangerous innovator & a surpassing genius. They played parts of Rienzi, Tannhäuser, & the Rhine Gold—this last I am free to confess was beyond me.
Lady Mary Monkswell, Diary of Lady Mary Monkswell, 7 May 1877. In Hon. E. C. F. Collier (ed.), A Victorian Diarist: Extracts from the Journals of Mary, Lady Monkswell, 1873-1895 (1944), p. 23-24. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1389914384711 accessed: 22 November, 2017
Originally submitted by Michelle Meinhart on Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:19:44 +0000