William Beatty-Kingston in Germany - mid 19th Century

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

To a musical student, who spoke to him [Richard Wagner] of Mendelssohn's and Schumann's works rather contemptuously, he presented such of their compositions as he happened to possess, with the recommendation to ' thoroughly study the works of those composers and of others spiritually akin to them, before finding fault with them.' .... He never would allow himself to be measured against or compared with Mozart and Beethoven. "I should be the greatest fool alive," he used to say, "if I attempted to equal those Masters, or to produce anything like what …   more >>

cite as

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/1451944661829 accessed: 15 July, 2018

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location of experience: Germany


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, librettist, Translation, memoirist

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:57:42 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:09:48 +0000