Frederick Bridge in Royal Albert Hall - 1877

from Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport, page 65:

On a later occasion (in 1877), in the same hall, I saw Wagner conduct or try to conduct some of his own works. But he was really hopeless as a conductor. Had it not been for Richter, the affair would have been a pitiful failure.
cite as

Frederick Bridge, Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport (1919), p. 65. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432793363878 accessed: 6 July, 2022

location of experience: Royal Albert Hall

Listeners

Frederick Bridge
Organist, Composer, Teacher, Writer
1844-1924

Listening to

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Classical
written by Richard Wagner, Frederick Bridge, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
performed by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 1877
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

In 1877, Wagner himself was the star attraction of a month-long festival at the Royal Albert Hall, which featured extracts from Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger. Bernard Shaw reported that the composer conducted a vast and clumsy orchestra of about 170 players with the air of a man “who hoped he might never be condemned to listen to such a performance again” (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2a4a7f02-f8fa-11e2-86e1-00144feabdc0.html)


Originally submitted by sp327 on Thu, 28 May 2015 07:09:25 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:00:50 +0000