William Beatty-Kingston in Berlin - between 1867 and 1878

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 344-346:

There is another peculiarity of Berlin musical audiences which no lover of the divine art who has spent a winter in the German capital can have failed to notice...The peculiarity I refer to is an amazing tolerance of false intonation. Men may sing sharp, and men may sing flat ; but the Berliner endures them for ever — that is, to borrow a term from Bret Ilarte, if he "likes their style." To be persistently, remorselessly, homicidally out of tune is no offence in a popular vocalist, male or female, belonging to the Royal Opera Company, or to…   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 344-346. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451990089511 accessed: 29 May, 2024

location of experience: Berlin

Listeners

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

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1867 and 1878
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:34:49 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:54:56 +0000