William Beatty-Kingston in Vienna

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 18-19:

So single-minded was he,[Herbeck] that he never suspected the traps that were laid for him on these occasions. Had he done so, nothing would have been easier for him than to turn the tables on his guileful friends by improvising ad libitum in the style of the school to which the composer belonged whose work they had asked him to play; for his marvellous familiarity with all the successive phases of tonality enabled him to perform the most remarkable imitative feats. I remember, on one occasion, when an old musical crony carried the joke so far as…   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 18-19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444163830702 accessed: 4 December, 2021

location of experience: Vienna

Listeners

William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation
1837-1900

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:37:10 +0100
Approved on Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:58:18 +0000