Frances Anne Kemble in London - 2 February, 1848

from Letter from Frances Kemble, 3 Feb. 1848, page 613:

Mitchell sent me yesterday a box at the French theatre for a morning performance of the "Antigone," with Mendelssohn's choruses. Previous to the performance of the Greek drama, they played, very inappropriately it seems to me, his music of the "Midsummer Night's Dream," and the effect of it upon my nerves was such that, though screened by the curtain of the box, and my sobs drowned by the orchestra, I thought I should have been obliged to leave the theatre. It is the first time that I have heard a note of Mendelssohn's music since his death.… The Greek play was given in the true Grecian …   more >>
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Frances Anne Kemble, Letter from Frances Kemble, 3 Feb. 1848. In Records of Later Life (London, 1882), p. 613. accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Frances Anne Kemble
Actor, Writer

Listening to

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
written by Felix Mendelssohn
written by Felix Mendelssohn

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 February, 1848
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:06:49 +0000