Wilhelm Ganz in Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - 2 March, 1855

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, page 42:

The Crimean War was raging at the time, and I witnessed an extraordinary scene when I attended a performance of that opera at Drury Lane on March 2nd. After the first act Mr. Smith the director came out and announced that the Czar was dead. There was tremendous excitement in the house and "God save the Queen" and "Partant pour la Syrie" were loudly demanded by the public amid tremendous cheering. I doubted if the news was true, but hoped at least that the war was at an end.

cite as

Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 42. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436164628291 accessed: 19 July, 2019

location of experience: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Listeners

Wilhelm Ganz
Accompanyist, Composer, Conducting, Teacher
1833-1914

Listening to

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L'etoile du nord
written by Giacomo Meyerbeer
performed by Jenny Baur

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 March, 1855
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:37:09 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:04:53 +0000