Sophie Augustine Leo in Paris - 1817
My only agreeable surprise on arriving in Paris was given me by the violin virtuosos, whose merits were undeniably pre-eminent.
Kreutzer, Boucher, Rode, Lafont, and Baillot all deserve to be numbered among the really great violinists; their supremacy remained unquestioned until the appearance of that unique and imposing figure, Paganini, with his incredible power over his instrument and his hearers. Boucher, whose ridiculous bearing bordered on the eccentric, merits the distinction the least, for his idiotic behavior kept his audience in a constant state of apprehension, it appearing … more >>
W. Oliver Strunk and Sophie Augustine Leo, Musical Life in Paris (1817-1848): A Chapter from the Memoirs of Sophie Augustine Leo--Part II. In The Musical Quarterly, volume Vol. 32, No. 2 (April, 1946), p. 398-399. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1425461364147 accessed: 3 February, 2023
location of experience: Paris
Originally submitted by mallen on Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:29:24 +0000