Louis Spohr in Kassel - 10 June, 1853

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., pages 95-96:

Yesterday they gave Tannhäuser for the third time and we had a full house again. The uproar aroused by the new Leipzig Musikzeitung attracted a lot of curious people here. Last night there was a lady in the loge next to my wife who kept telling her neighbours what she had read in that paper and she remarked that in this work Richard Wagner had created a completely new catastrophe in music. Others said: “This is no music at all,” and left after the second act. /But the opera has gained many admirers because of its subject matter and seriousness, and when I compare it with …   more >>

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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 95-96. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424650436729 accessed: 17 October, 2021

location of experience: Kassel

Listeners

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

Listening to

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'Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg'
written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 June, 1853
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Louis Spohr to Moritz Hauptmann, pupil of Spohr and one of the founders of the Bach Gesellschaft, Kassel, June 11, 1853.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:13:56 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:39:30 +0000