William Beatty-Kingston in London - 1879

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 234-5:

His [Alfred Gruenfeld's] tours de force, in the way of mere execution, were no less surprising than his versatility with respect to touch and tone-production. I have, for instance, repeatedly heard him play Chopin's well-known waltz in D flat — the right-hand part, of course — in octaves at full speed, without omitting a single ornament. Every pianist will admit that this, in its way, is an incomparable feat. With such marvels of dexterity, however, he was never weary of regaling his friends, and would play to them all day …   more >>

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William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 234-5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451904152564 accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: London


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation

Listening to

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Waltz in D flat
written by Chopin
performed by Alfred Gruenfeld

Experience Information

Date/Time 1879
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:42:32 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:03:46 +0000