A Musician's Narrative

A Musician's Narrative (written work, Memoir/autobiography)

Listening experiences

1431095156754: During a recent revival of The Beggar's Opera I wa...

1431095371478: And the first orchestral music I can clearly recol...

1431095811176: My initiation into the ever-fascinating realm of O...

1431096070376: Of a somewhat later date is the recollection of a ...

1431096468026: Good reel players still existed in numbers, and I ...

1431097204957: In the case of The Nameless Lassie, its composer i...

1431097376626: Recently I heard this melody well performed by the...

1431097908241: Keen musicians and busy men, the surreptitious ple...

1431098435313: Shift the scene to the Princess's Theatre, with Ch...

1431098861002: The first music I heard in Germany was the overtur...

1431099148016: It is a charming place, and Alick, I think, will b...

1431099489893: During my first year, our house, like Caliban's Is...

1431099811515: The conditions under which I began my musical educ...

1431100198087: With three schoolfellows a quartet of violins was ...

1431100547967: In the month of August one does not expect to hear...

1431100769720: One the whole–with notable exceptions–the singing ...

1431101718227: Few lads can have had such exceptional chances of ...

1431102091646: A performance of Fidelio is unforgettable because ...

1431102321549: In the winter of '61 I was present at an admirable...

1431102558848: During the last month of my stay (1862) I saw Offe...

1431102910674: On field-days when such works as the Symphonie Fan...

1431103390990: Another uncomfortable experience was mine when Lis...

1431103561620: The last and newest orchestral works I heard were ...

1431111955661: At the Monday "Pops" there were chances of hearing...

1431112171006: At the Promenade Concerts in Covent Garden (bearin...

1431112539109: The prevailing taste then catered for may have bee...

1431112888227: I was present at one of the last performances of B...

1431113161827: With all these melodious and attractive young wome...

1431113659729: Opera in English kept fighting gallantly for exist...

1431114037396: About this time I was drafted into the stage band ...

1431114833785: As with very few exceptions all the violinists in ...

1431115247271: At the same festival Sullivan conducted his cantat...

1431115513572: The only occasions upon which I saw Sterndale Benn...

1431116348521: At one of these concerts Joachim, after finishing ...

1431116847103: At the Opera (the old house in Rue Lepeletier) I h...

1431117137909: Meyerbeer's L'Africaine (another revival) afforded...

1431117359205: To my collection of operas were added Halécy's ple...

1431118000657: Another time, keeping a promise to play a solo at ...

1431119256291: The astounding impression made upon me on hearing ...

1431119942203: The chief exponent of a different school of pianis...

1431121169320: On our homeward way Niecks and I could not resist ...

1431458830180: An engagement as conductor of the Glasgow Choral U...

1431462707649: The same scrupulous care was given to Cherubini's ...

1431463048347: On our way to Florence the first music I heard in ...

1431463380030: On the first afternoon of possession, I laid mysel...

1431463750606: Popular attention was, as ever, concentrated solel...

1431463815744: Church music was in a deplorably bad state. I list...

1431464004213: In the evenings, amusement and instruction were so...

1431469593713: How diverting to watch Dr. Dulcamara (straight fro...

1431976323529: Similar social enjoyments were mine in the hospita...

1431976691560: So Buonamici contented himself with a numerous but...

1431977126270: And I was called to Darmstadt, Colomba having been...

1431977638559: It may be that I was unfortunate in my search, nor...

1431977834413: The joy of living in such beautiful surroundings w...

1431978311343: The course of the Sulamite's true love was not run...

1431978636296: Sarasota's approval and acceptance of my Violin Co...

1431978958811: A very much more cultured musician than some of th...

1431979230596: Don Pablo, ever ready to encourage the young, gave...

1431979549553: My early acquaintance with the opera at Sondershau...

1431979739997: In a weak tenor voice, but with dramatic effect an...

1431979895943: I heard two operas of his which were running at th...

1431980362624: Harris was kindly assisting me to pass to the stag...

1432072079264: At the Leeds Festival in October of the same year ...

1432072543020: The determination to honour the old master was car...

1432072821671: We had the pleasure of hearing him play frequently...

1432073269414: While he was playing en famille to us one night, M...

1432073409387: Presently an elderly, well-nourished Hungarian lad...

1432073746803: The programme consisted of the following works: Go...

1432074097591: St. Elizabeth attracted a large audience, includin...

1432074377784: One morning, long before breakfast, we met in the ...

1432074656878: A commission to write an Ode for the Crystal Palac...

1432075059954: At the San Carlo (Naples) I witnessed the last of ...

1432075353706: Occupying the O.P. box with his son H. B. and my f...

1432110500003: I took advantage of a much-needed leave of absence...

1432114857348: The sixth concert of the first season introduced m...

1432115192743: When the famous Peter Ilitsch came to conduct his ...

1432115357854: Eight months later I had the gratification of intr...

1432115671230: Virtuosity and musicianship not being necessarily ...

1432116773772: It was at the suggestion of a mutual friend, the l...

1432117080138: "Safe as a house," the performance was an exceptio...

1432117800008: We celebrated the seventieth anniversary of the R....

1432118108376: In connexion with a rehearsal of the Overture by t...

1432118687524: I paid occasional summer visits to New Brighton wh...

1432119059462: There was no lack of ardour either on the part of ...

1432119290452: Halifax had been musically active for some years, ...

1432119365559: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra did good service a...

1432119495703: At "Bonnie Hamilton" (Ontario) the larger Chicago ...

1432119781583: The second section of the tour ended in Montreal, ...

1432120479002: On the first evening the only work by a foreign co...

1432120722678: The "Granary of the West" and "Baby" of the cycle ...

1432122141185: There were moments when I experienced the sensatio...

1432123111934: The great Elizabethan, Restoration, and later peri...

1432123443757: It was not easy to be off with the old love as som...

1432123900059: The utterance might have bene made with less confi...

1432124153686: Seated opposite to him at supper after the concert...

1432124395858: I had to conduct a full orchestra on one occasion ...

1432124683719: Even more touching, because personally nearer to u...

1432124806222: One weedy little man, well over forty, treated me ...

1432125222868: The profound impression made upon a crowded congre...

author

Alexander C. Mackenzie

published in

1927

publisher

Cassell and Company LTD

includes

excerpt from 'A Musician's Narrative' pp. 142-143 (72 words)

excerpt from 'A Musician's Narrative' pp. 6 (62 words)

excerpt from 'A Musician's Narrative' pp. 170 (41 words)

Cite as Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927)
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