Benjamin Britten in London - 9 February, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 9 1931, page 63:

Practise & write as usual. [Albert] Sammons is practising & writing in the room next to mine in the afternoon. I go to Queen's Hall to get tickets, & Augeners to get my Brahms picture framed after tea. Practise viola after supper, & then as I settle down to write, I notice in Radio Times that Brahms quartet 3 is going to be broadcast by Hungarian S.Q. So I borrow Miss Prior's Wireless, & have marvellous 1/2 hr listening to the purest music in the purest of possible forms. What a marvellous craze for the viola Brahms had! What a humorous theme the last movement has!
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 9 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 63. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67
written by Brahms
performed by Hungarian String Quartet

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 February, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:07:29 +0100