Edmund Rubbra in Oslo - early February, 1951

from Letter from Edmund Rubbra to his wife Antoinette, undated [?early 1950s], page 35:

Who do you think I sat next to, darling? The Crown Prince of Norway! Not that that was any inspiration, for he fidgeted all through, looked round at everything, read all through the names of the members of the orchestra several times, belched, and looked thoroughly bored. But I suppose there was no reason really why he should have been interested in Delius, Walton and Elgar!

cite as

Jenny Pery, Letter from Edmund Rubbra to his wife Antoinette, undated [?early 1950s]. In Jenny Pery (ed.), Benedict Rubbra: Point of Balance (Wellington, 2008), p. 35. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1400509362601 accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Oslo


Edmund Rubbra
Composer, lecturer, Composer pianist and university lecturer, Pianist

Listening to

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orchestral works
written by Edward Elgar
orchestral works
written by Delius
orchestral works
written by Sir William Walton

Experience Information

Date/Time early February, 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The letter is undated, but an unpublished diary written by Rubbra indicates that he visited Norway as a member of the Rubbra-Gruenberg-Pleeth Piano Trio in early February 1951. The concert that he writes about in this letter was conducted by George Weldon, and included a performance of Walton's Viola Concerto played by William Primrose.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 19 May 2014 15:22:42 +0100
Approved on Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:25:21 +0000