Denis Matthews in Florence, Budapest - 1949

from In Pursuit of Music, page 123:

We … worked our way through Italy, spending consecutive nights in Bordighera, Genoa, Rapallo, Pisa, Florence, Padua and Venice, enjoying sunshine, architecture, painting, history, and wine.  Even music: though the open-air performance of Rigoletto we heard in Florence had such an aura of improvisation about it that it reminded me of a shirt-sleeved Ninth Symphony I had heard in a Budapest bandstand before the war, in which the chorus gradually sauntered up one by one during the Adagio.    

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 123. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Florence, Budapest


Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Guiseppe Verdi, Giuseppe Verdi
Symphony No. 9, 'Choral'
written by Beethoven

Experience Information

Date/Time 1949
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, outdoors, in public


There are two separate listening experiences recalled in this account. The performance of Rigoletto took place in 1949. The performance of the Ninth Symphony happened in the late 1930s.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:03:21 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 May 2017 16:42:36 +0100