William Beatty-Kingston et al. in Vienna - 18 December, 1866

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 2-3:

…the final result of all this sedulous, reverent and loving preparation, [rehearsals with the Musik-Verein] which came off on a never-to-be-forgotten Sunday morning in the Imperial Eedouten-Saal (18th December, 1866), fairly took him [Hector Berlioz] by surprise. In his excitement after the performance he was unusually profuse of quaint definitions. "It is not an orchestra, my friend," he exclaimed to me ; " it is an instrument — an instrument polyphonic, automatic, and yet inspired." Later on, at the banquet given in his honour by the leading authors, …   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 2-3. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444079956494 accessed: 2 December, 2021

location of experience: Vienna

Listeners

William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation
1837-1900
Berlioz
Composer
1803-1869

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 December, 1866
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:19:17 +0100
Approved on Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:25:53 +0000