excerpt from 'Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character' pp. 323 (226 words)

excerpt from 'Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character' pp. 323 (226 words)

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Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character

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Their [three Strauss boys] musical feats of course reached old Strauss' s ears, much to his gratification: but he made no sign until, several months having elapsed since he first became aware that they were acquiring celebrity, it struck him one day as absurd and unnatural that he should be about the only musician in the Kaiserstadt who had never heard any of his own son's compositions. Forthwith he sent a message to his wife, who occupied apartments above his own, but two flights higher, to the effect that he would esteem it a favour if she would permit his sons to pay him a visit. His request was granted at once, and the three boys were ushered into their father's presence. But, strange to say, the ''Waltz-King" (as the Viennese had christened Strauss the elder) had no piano-forte in his rooms. What was to be done? After some hesitation, he decided upon sending another message upstairs to ask Mamma Strauss to lend him her piano for an hour or two. Presently down came the piano, and the boys began to play — first their father's music, and then their own. The old man's delight was un- bounded; he embraced them over and over again, gave them his blessing, and then sent them back to their mother, together with the piano and his "compliments and thanks!"

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