Hugh Reginald Haweis - 24 July, 1883

from My Musical Life, page 473:

As I sit in the low light, amidst the silent throng, and listen, I need no interpreter, I am being placed in possession of the emotional key-notes of the drama. Every subject is first distinctly enunciated, and then all are wondrously blended together. There is the pain of Sacrifice the mental agony, the bodily torture there are the alternate pauses of Sorrow and respite from sorrow long drawn out, the sharp ache of Sin, the glimpses of unhallowed Joy, the strain of upward Endeavour, the serene peace of Faith and Love, crowned by the blessed Vision of the Grail. 'Tis past. The prelude melts into the opening recitative.

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Hugh Reginald Haweis, My Musical Life (London, 1898), p. 473. accessed: 11 December, 2023


Hugh Reginald Haweis
Cleric, Writer

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 July, 1883
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:07:45 +0100
Approved on Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:34:22 +0100