Denis Matthews in Royal Academy of Music, London - in the middle of the 1930's

from In Pursuit of Music, page 40:

[…] I caught my breath at some of the gilded names on the prize-boards.  Among them was ‘Giovanni Barbirolli’: during my first year I had slipped into the Duke’s Hall to hear a rehearsal of Verdi’s Falstaff, and watched a dynamic little man whip up the students in a hair-raising crescendo at the start of the third act.  Sir John, Sir John!’ Alice was to sing later, with her eyes on the conductor rather than on the Fat Knight – how prophetic this seems now!

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 40. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Royal Academy of Music, London


Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Students at the Royal Academy of Music, Giovanni Battista

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:27:57 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 May 2017 11:27:50 +0100