Berlin audience et al. in Berlin - in the beginning of 1805

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, pages 78-79:

Being now solicited to play something myself, I thought that to such Artistes and Connoisseurs I could offer nothing more than my favourite Quartetts of Beethoven. But again I soon remarked that, as at Leipsic, I had committed an error; for the musicians of Berlin knew as little of those Quartetts as the Leipsickers, and therefore could neither play nor appreciate them. When I had finished, they praised my play, it is true, but spoke very disparagingly of that I had performed. Romberg even, said very bluntly: “But dear Spohr, how can you play such stuff as that?” I was now quite doubtful …   more >>
cite as

Louis Spohr, and Frederick Freedman and Longman Roberts & Green London 1865 (ed.), Louis Spohr's Autobiography, volume 1 (1969), p. 78-79. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Bernhard Romberg
Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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G Major variations
written by Jacques Pierre Joseph Rode
performed by Louis Spohr
written by Beethoven, Jacques Pierre Joseph Rode
performed by Jan Dussek, Louis Spohr

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1805
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:45:15 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:21:23 +0000