Lionel Tertis in Marble Hall - 20th Century

from My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis, pages 59,60:

The marble hall at Holkham is one of the most beautiful in the world- a Roman basilica in form, and as wonderful acoustically as it is architecturally. One evening Lord Leicester said: ‘Lionel, I should so like to hear the Chaconne in the hall- in the dark!’ I never could refuse a request from him, so far as lay in my power. The lights were extinguished, and a singular experience was mine. I felt not that I was playing but that I was listening – listening in wonder to Bach’s majestic music, as though I were not participating myself. The acoustics of the hall lent an incomparable …   more >>
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Lionel Tertis, My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis (Great Britain, 1974), p. 59,60. accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Marble Hall


Lionel Tertis

Listening to

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written by Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Lionel Tertis

Experience Information

Date/Time 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:21:37 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:09:46 +0000