Napoleon in Paris - early 19th Century
...Mehul had the satisfaction of observing throughout the performance that Napoleon and the entire company in the consular box, in the very best of spirits, were constantly nodding their approval, Napoleon repeatedly expressing the opinion, as Mehul learned later, that the Italian music was animated by a totally different spirit than the French and that Mehul would never be able to offer such a composition.
Tumultuous applause, and the demand, "The composer! The composer's name!" succeeded the fall of the curtain. Mehul's name was announced.
W. Oliver Strunk and Sophie Augustine Leo, Musical Life in Paris (1817-1848): A Chapter from the Memoirs of Sophie Augustine Leo--Part I. In The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1931), volume Vol. 17, No. 2 (April, 1931), p. 265. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424797499212 accessed: 27 January, 2021
location of experience: Paris
emperor, Emperor of France
Originally submitted by mallen on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:04:59 +0000