Béla Bartók in Porto - March, 1906

from Béla Bartók Letters, page 331:

That Vecsey-Saint-Saëns affair happened as follows: We were in Portugal, in Oporto, at the time. Saint-Saëns was also there. Papa Vecsey was intent on bringing him and Frankie together. I don’t know which concerto was to be ‘performed’, I can’t remember even the key, nor anything else about it, except that the son played the (end) andante movement at an impossibly slow tempo – obviously following his father’s advice. The composer arrived in the room of the hotel, and we started to play. When …   more >>

cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 331. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450122544141 accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Porto


Béla Bartók

Listening to

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Saint-Saëns's violin concerto
written by Saint-Saens
performed by Béla Bartók, Franz von Vecsey

Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1906
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Letter from Béla Bartók to József Szigeti, Ashville, N.C., January 30th, 1944.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:49:04 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:40:27 +0100