in Piazza San Marco - 1883

from My Musical Life, page 451:

On another occasion, however, he went up to the band-master, in his great coat and slouched hat, and asked him to play something out of ROSSINI'S Gazza Ladra. The conductor, not recognising WAGNER, answered civilly that he had none of the music there, and otherwise could not well derange the programme. On WAGNER retiring a musician told the bandmaster who the stranger was. Filled with confusion and regret, the worthy man instantly sent for copies of the Gazza Ladra selection, and played it for two consecutive days. WAGNER was much pleased, and, again going up to the band, expressed his thanks, and praised especially the solo cornet, who had much distinguished himself.

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Hugh Reginald Haweis, My Musical Life (London, 1898), p. 451. accessed: 22 February, 2024

location of experience: Piazza San Marco

Listening to

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Selections from La Gazza Ladra
written by Rossini
performed by Military Band

Experience Information

Date/Time 1883
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:37:54 +0100
Approved on Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:50:16 +0100