Richard Wagner in London - March, 1855

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., pages 184,185:

For instance, the equanimity with which these people listened to the singing of a wearisome duet thirty seconds after the close of the “Eroica” was an altogether new experience for me; everyone assured me that no one was in the least scandalized by it – and the duet was applauded just like the symphony! This by the way” – I placed all my hopes of satisfaction in my dealings with the orchestra, which is very devoted to me, and in the hope of a fine performance for its own sake. In particular I counted very much on being allowed two rehearsals for the next …   more >>

cite as

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. 184,185. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424692336767 accessed: 27 November, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

Richard Wagner
Theatre director, Composer, Conducting
1813-1883

Listening to

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9th Symphony
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
Eroica Symphony
written by Beethoven

Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1855
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Richard Wagner to Otto Wesendonck, Wagner’s principal backer during his Zurich period, London, March 21, 1855.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:52:17 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:09:31 +0000