Saint-Saens - mid 19th Century

from Musical Memories, pages 7-8:

About that time some one had the notion that I should hear an orchestra. So they took me to a symphony concert and my mother held me in her arms near the door. Until then I had only heard single violins and their tone had not pleased me. But the impression of the orchestra was entirely different and I listened with delight to a passage played by a quartet, when, suddenly, came a blast from the brass instruments the trumpets, trombones and cymbals. I broke into loud cries, "Make them stop. They prevent my hearing the music." They had to take me out.

cite as

Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (1919), p. 7-8. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432295361459 accessed: 23 October, 2021

Listeners

Saint-Saens
Organist, Composer, Conducting, Pianist
1835-1921

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Orchestral

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Fri, 22 May 2015 12:49:22 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:28:47 +0100