Dame Ethel Mary Smyth in England - between 1875 and 1876

from Impressions That Remained Memoirs, page 106:

One day I went with the Ewings to a Wagner concert. […] Wagner, who was almost unknown in England, had rashly contracted for a series of concerts conducted by himself, which I afterwards heard were a failure financially. My party were all hard up, and we sat so far away from the platform that all I saw was an undersized man with a huge head, apparently in a towering rage from start to finish of the concert; I thought he could hardly refrain from whacking heads right and left instead of merely the desk. No doubt the performance was insufficiently rehearsed and execrable; anyhow I was not as much carried away as I expected.

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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, Impressions That Remained Memoirs (New York City, 1946), p. 106. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438180091004 accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: England


Dame Ethel Mary Smyth
Composer, Writer

Listening to

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Wagner concert
written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1875 and 1876
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:28:11 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:15:38 +0100