Robin Legge in London - 22 October, 1907

from Delius: A Life in Letters 1862-1908, page 304:

I dare not talk to you to-night before that heterogeneous mob, & I could not write about your work. Frankly I did not think the interest sustained to the end, because the end was so badly played. But up to 2 -3rds till after the Largo - the poignancy of the emotion was so strong that had you gone on I must have collapsed. I think I never was so moved by modern music as by that, in spite of horns "cracking" etc. And for that reason, old hand as I am, I could not write. My notice conveys nothing, I fear, though it may show one or two that I felt the sincerity…   more >>

cite as

Delius, and Lionel Carley (ed.), Delius: A Life in Letters 1862-1908 (), p. 304. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Listening to

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Delius' Piano Concerto
written by Delius
performed by Queen's Hall Orchestra, Theodor Szántó, Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 October, 1907
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Letter from Robin Legge to Frederick Delius, London, 1907. Legge, like many of Delius's growing band of admirers in England, had attended earlier that evening the first English performance of Delius's Piano Concerto. Theodor Szántó was soloist, and the Queen's Hall Orchestra was conducted by Wood.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 01 May 2016 16:14:44 +0100
Approved on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:43:23 +0100