Louis Spohr in Königsberg - October, 1802

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, pages 30-31:

Before Herr Eck gave his first concert, the family Pixis arrived at Königsberg upon their return from St. Petersburgh. […] We met at a musical party at Count Calnheim’s, where the youngest played first of all some variations on the piano with great execution and taste. The eldest then played a quartett by Krommer. But neither the composition, nor his playing pleased me. “His tones”, say a remark in my diary, “are without power, and his execution without expression. Added to this, he handled his bow so badly, that, if he does not alter this, he will never become a perfect virtuoso. …   more >>
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Louis Spohr, and Frederick Freedman and Longman Roberts & Green London 1865 (ed.), Louis Spohr's Autobiography, volume 1 (1969), p. 30-31. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1409519299876 accessed: 28 January, 2022

location of experience: Königsberg

Listeners

Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting
1784-1859

Listening to

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Virtuoso works performed by the family Pixis at a musical party
written by Giovanni Battista Viotti, Anton Ferdinand Tietz, Franz Krommer
performed by Friedrich Wilhelm Pixis, The Pixis brothers, Franz Eck

Experience Information

Date/Time October, 1802
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:08:19 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:40:57 +0000