Joseph Szigeti in Paris

from With strings attached- Reminiscences and reflections, 2nd edition, enlarged, page 124:

I was “visited upon" by a famous Russian musicologist, the author of important theoretical and critical volumes. I see myself sitting next to him on the piano bench while he relentlessly pursues his way through an interminable neo-Scriabinesque sonata he had composed, me squirming beside him on the bench as though it were the “hot seat”! The task of talking around the issue without hurting an obvious fanatic’s feelings! The impossibility of making clear to such a fantast the impracticability of his endless sonata! Such were the occasional purgatories which one simply had to accept as …   more >>
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Joseph Szigeti, With strings attached- Reminiscences and reflections, 2nd edition, enlarged (New York, 1967), p. 124. accessed: 26 September, 2023

location of experience: Paris


Joseph Szigeti

Listening to

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Violin Sonata

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sat, 30 May 2015 20:00:07 +0100
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:48:01 +0000