Alexander Mackenzie in Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh - the 1860's

from A Musician's Narrative , pages 77-78:

Another time, keeping a promise to play a solo at a students' "Kitchen Concert" at the Royal Infirmary, this strange creature was singing when I entered the large kitchen. Recognizing the words, but not the music, as Wolfram's address to the Star of Eve, I ventured to ask the name of the composer. Closing his eyes, as he invariably did when speaking, he slowly droned in deepest bass: "The vords are Vagner's; the music is mine. I thought them vorthy bettaw wendewing!" Which explanation, equalled for unaffected modesty, completely staggered me.
cite as

Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 77-78. accessed: 29 February, 2024

location of experience: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Alexander Mackenzie

Listening to

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Setting of Wolfram's address to the Star of Eve

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1860's
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 08 May 2015 21:46:40 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:43:31 +0100