Sophie Augustine Leo in Paris - mid 19th Century
I esteem Liszt very highly as a gifted pianist and as a gracious, clever, well-informed man... [O]ne's astonishment knows no bounds when one has seen him play at sight, and without hesitation, the most difficult and illegible manuscripts, hardly intelligible to their composer himself. I once had this indescribable pleasure. Liszt was at the time a regular visitor at our house and called one evening with our distinguished and dearly beloved friend Chopin. The latter brought with him a manuscript that he had just completed and preferred hearing it from Liszt to playing it himself.
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. 401. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1425463213324 accessed: 22 January, 2021
location of experience: Paris
Originally submitted by mallen on Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:00:13 +0000