Benjamin Britten in Sadler's Wells - 11 October, 1932, 08:00 PM

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 117:

Go straight to Sadler's Wells, where I have a bit of a meal (meeting Kenworthy - late of Holt) & meet Bridges (up in town for a few days) and go to Ballet at 8.0. V. good Ballet with Anton Dolin & Markova etc. [Britten leaves a long gap here] by Gretry,* rather uninteresting. Manhattan Serenade, ** solo by Dolin - marvellous. Poor music by Geoffrey Toye in a very amusing "Douanes" with Dolin & Ninette de Valois.*** Sylphides**** to end with. Back with Bridges to supper.
cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 117. accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Sadler's Wells


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Gretry Pas de Deux
written by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry
Les Sylphides
written by Aleksandr Glazunov, Chopin
Manhattan Serenade
written by Louis Alter

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 October, 1932, 08:00 PM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


*Gretry Pas de Deux, Constant Lambert's arrangement of excerpts from Zemire et Azar (1771), and Lephaleet Procris (1773) and L'embarras des riches (1782) by Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry (1741-1813). **Manhattan Serenade, solo for Dolin choreographed to one of the hits of the Swing Era, composed in 1928 by Louis Alter (1902-80). ***Douanes [Customs] (1932), comic ballet by Ninette de Valois about the daily life of a French customs office. ****Les Sylphides (1907), short non-narrative ballet by Fokine with music by Chopin orchestrated by Glazunov.

Originally submitted by gkw on Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:28:56 +0100
Approved on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:35:21 +0100