Wilhelm Ganz in St James's Hall - 30 April, 1881

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, pages 144-5:

This concert was also noteworthy for the first performance in England of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Episode de la Vie d'un Artiste, Op. 4. Single movements had been previously performed here, but the Symphonie had not been played in its entirety except by me. The work created a veritable sensation. It required an augmented orchestra and the following extra instruments: one flute, two bassoons, one contra-fagotto, two cornets, one ophicleide, one tympani, two large bells (which I had specially cast), and four harps (in my opinion the proper effect cannot be obtained with a less …   more >>

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Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 144-5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436263043874 accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: St James's Hall


Wilhelm Ganz
Accompanyist, Composer, Conducting, Teacher

Listening to

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Symphonie Fantastique
written by Berlioz
performed by New Philharmonic Orchestra London

Experience Information

Date/Time 30 April, 1881
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:57:24 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:22:26 +0000