Charles Halle in Paris - between 1845 and 1846

from Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860) , page 34:

It must have been in 1845 or 1846 that I once ventured to observe to him [Chopin] that most of his mazurkas (those dainty jewels), when played by himself, appeared to be written, not in 3-4, but in 4-4 time, the result of his dwelling so much longer on the first note in the bar. He denied it strenuously, until I made him play one of them and counted audibly four in the bar, which fitted perfectly. Then he laughed and explained that it was the national character of the dance which created the oddity. The more remarkable fact was that you received the impression of a 3-4 rhythm whilst …   more >>

cite as

Charles Halle, and Marie Hallé and Charles E Halle (ed.), Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860) (London, 1896), p. 34. accessed: 22 February, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Charles Halle
Conducting, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Chopin
performed by Chopin

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1845 and 1846
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:39:17 +0000
Approved on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:29:19 +0100