Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris - early 19th Century

from Musical Life in Paris (1817-1848): A Chapter from the Memoirs of Sophie Augustine Leo--Part I, page 265:

...Mehul had the satisfaction of observing throughout the performance that Napoleon and the entire com­pany in the consular box, in the very best of spirits, were constantly nodding their approval, Napoleon repeatedly expressing the opinion, as Mehul learned later, that the Italian music was ani­mated by a totally different spirit than the French and that Mehul would never be able to offer such a composition. Tumultuous applause, and the demand, "The composer! The composer's name!" succeeded the fall of the curtain. Mehul's name was announced.
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Sophie Augustine Leo and W. Oliver Strunk, Musical Life in Paris (1817-1848): A Chapter from the Memoirs of Sophie Augustine Leo--Part I. In The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1931), volume Vol. 17, No. 2 (April, 1931), p. 265. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424797499212 accessed: 25 September, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France, emperor
1769-1821

Listening to

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L'irato
written by Etienne Henri Mehul

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by mallen on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:04:59 +0000