Stephen Heller in Paris - December, 1860

from Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860), page 260:

The X.'s had invited about a score of people for the evening, so that I had to play a little, in spite of my fatigue, and to swallow a dozen Scotch ballads. There was a Mrs. X, who made me spend one of the most terrible quarters of an hour that I can remember for a long time ; imagine an oldish woman, very extraordinary in attire, with a bass voice like that of Formes, who stands up, alone, in the middle of the room and, without any accompaniment, sings to improvised melodies with all sorts of old- fashioned shakes and hiccoughs, several of her brother's poems, and by no means the shortest …   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. 260. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1428934101978 accessed: 25 September, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Stephen Heller
Composer, Pianist, Teacher
1813-1888

Listening to

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improvised sung melodies
improvised sung melodies

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1860
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:08:22 +0100
Approved on Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:42:32 +0100