Ignatz Moscheles in London - 1861

from Recent Music and Musicians, page 410:

When I hear one of old Sebastian Bach's glorious fugues in the midst of all these fantasias, I accept it as a kind of musical peace-offering; not that I am completely reconciled, for it is usually taken 'Prestissimo.' Here as elsewhere I miss the right 'Tempi,' and look in vain for the traditions of my youth. That tearing speed which sweeps away many a little note; that spinning out of an Andante until it becomes an Adagio, an 'Andante con moto,' in which there is no 'moto' at all, an 'Allegro comodo' which is anything but comfortable - all such anomalies mar my enjoyment.
cite as

Ignatz Moscheles, and Charlotte Moscheles (ed.), Recent Music and Musicians (New York, 1879), p. 410. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432551852814 accessed: 7 February, 2023

location of experience: London

Listeners

Ignatz Moscheles
Head of Leigzig Conservertoir, Composer, Conducting, Musician […]
1794-1870

Listening to

hide composers
a Bach Fugue
written by Bach

Experience Information

Date/Time 1861
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by mallen on Mon, 25 May 2015 12:04:12 +0100