Concert audience in Hanover Square Rooms - 1855

from My Musical Life, page 429:

In 1855, owing to the earnest advocacy of such friends as M. FERDINAND PRAEGER, who for thirty years, through evil report and good report, had never ceased to support WAGNER, the Philharmonic Society invited him over to London, and whilst here he conducted eight concerts. He was not popular; he was surprised to find that the band thought it unnecessary to rehearse, and the band was surprised that he should require so much rehearsal. But he drove the band in spite of itself, and the band hated him. They said he murdered BEETHOVEN with his baton, because of the freedom and inspiration of his readings. MENDELSSOHN'S Scotch symphony had been deliberately crushed or it was the only thing that went according to which paper you happened to read.

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Hugh Reginald Haweis, My Musical Life (London, 1898), p. 429. accessed: 29 March, 2023

location of experience: Hanover Square Rooms


Listening to

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Symphony No. 3 in A minor
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by Richard Wagner, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:54:04 +0100
Approved on Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:06:29 +0100