Louis Spohr in Hamburg - November, 1810

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, page 156:

Hermstedt, now followed with a difficult composition of mine. He, who always when appearing in public, went to work with the most nervous precision in every thing, emboldened now to rashness by the fumes of the champaign had screwed on a new and untried plate to the mouthpiece of his Clarinet, and even spoke vauntingly of it to me as I mounted the platform of the orchestra. I immediately anticipated no good from it. The Solo of my composition began with a long sustained note, which Hermstedt pitched almost inaudibly, and by degrees encreased to an enormous power, with which he always produced …   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. 156. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1416179202322 accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: Hamburg


Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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Clarinet solo work
written by Louis Spohr
performed by Johann Simon Hermstedt

Experience Information

Date/Time November, 1810
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Concert presented by a musical amateur from Altona.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:06:42 +0000
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:05:18 +0000