Fryderyk Chopin in Paris - mid 19th Century

from Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860), page 35:

One day, long after I had emerged from my retirement and achieved some notoriety as a pianist, I played at his [Chopin's] request, in his own room, the sonata in E flat, Op. 30, No. 3, and after the finale he said that it was the first time he had liked it, that it had always appeared to him very vulgar. I felt flattered, but was much struck by the oddity of the remark. In another direction, he did not admire Mendelssohn's ' Lieder ohne Worte,' with the exception of the first of the first book, which he called a song of the purest virginal beauty. When one reflects on the wonderful …   more >>
cite as

Halle, and Marie Hallé and Charles E Halle (ed.), Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860) (London, 1896), p. 35. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427194289463 accessed: 25 September, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Fryderyk Chopin
Composer, Pianist
1810-1849

Listening to

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sonata in E flat, Op. 30, No. 3
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Halle
Lieder ohne Worte
written by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
performed by Halle

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:51:30 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:31:33 +0100