Benjamin Britten in Queen's Hall - 21 October, 1931

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 86:

Go to. B.B.C. Concert (1st half - Area,* 2nd half - Stalls with Bridges). Strauss - conducting Mozart Eb Symphony, his own three Hölderlin Prayers (beautifully sung by Margarete Teschemacher), & Domestic Symphony.** Dull & annoying Mozart - can it be he who wrote Don Juan? Hölderlin songs; boring & monotonous Straussian sounds. Domestic: amusing, & annoying by turns; but with some lovely bits. Orch. as good as could be with such a conductor (or rather beater). Come home by bus, via. Bridges by 11.5.

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 86. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434113093969 accessed: 19 October, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Sinfonia domestica, Op. 53
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Richard Strauss
Don Juan (Strauss)
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Richard Strauss
Sinfonia domestica, Op. 53
written by Richard Strauss
Symphony No 39 in E flat, K
written by Mozart
performed by Richard Strauss

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 October, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*The seatless Promenaders' section of the Queen's Hall, London. **Mozart Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K543; the UK premiere of Richard Strauss's Drei Hymnen von Friedrich Hölderlin, Op. 71; and his Sinfonia domestic, Op. 53 and tone poem, Don Juan, Op. 20.


Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:44:55 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:26:45 +0100