William Beatty-Kingston in Germany - 1880

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, page 299:

After the first performance of Parsifal he [Richard Wagner] told the loudly applauding audience that he gratefully accepted their manifestations on behalf of his artists, but begged them not to summon him before the curtain in the usual way with the call of 'Author.' At the next performance, his rabid worshippers strove with all their might, by hissing and groaning, to suppress the general public's manifestations of approval, upon which he angrily exclaimed to my father, 'These Wagnerians are the stupidest people in the world ; I …   more >>

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William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 299. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451936107181 accessed: 18 September, 2018

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location of experience: Germany


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, librettist, Translation, memoirist

Listening to

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written by Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 1880
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 19:35:07 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:08:06 +0000