Paganini in Paris - 1838

from Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860), page 63:

[Paganini] invited me to visit him, an invitation I accepted most eagerly. I went often, but it would be difficult to relate a single conversation we had together. He sat there, taciturn, rigid, hardly ever moving a muscle of his face, and I sat spellbound, a shudder running through me whenever his uncanny eyes fell upon me. He made me play to him often, mostly by pointing with his bony hand to the piano without speaking, and I could only guess from his repeating the ceremony that he did not dislike it, for never a word of encouragement fell from his lips.
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. 63. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427306090471 accessed: 25 November, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Paganini
Guitarist, Composer, Violinist
1782-1840

Experience Information

Date/Time 1838
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:54:51 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:56:25 +0100