Benjamin Britten in Holt - 4 July, 1929

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, July 4 1929, page 23:

A simply pelting morning & part of afternoon. There should have been a match v. J. Zingari but it was naturally put off. I spend most of afternoon in music rooms, gramophoning & practising viola & piano. After (there is a new record of Wagners Overture to the Mast.) After tea I play duets with Berthoud (Mozart VI. concerto in D maj) & Trios with Floud Schumann Quintet (Floud Pft, VI Berthoud VI. 1 & 2, me the rest)
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, July 4 1929. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 23. accessed: 16 June, 2024

location of experience: Holt


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Overture to 'Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg'
written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 July, 1929
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors


According to John Evans, 'Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. As Britten grew older and began to doubt the reliability of his sense of perfect pitch, he used to check it by thinking of this overture as it always pinpointed the key of C major clearly in his inner ear.' Journeying Boy, (p.23).

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:16:27 +0000