Louis Spohr in St. Petersburg - in the beginning of 1803

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, page 45:

In the first concert, the orchestra consisted of thirty six violins, twenty bass and double set wind instruments. Besides these the choruses were supported by forty hornists from the Imperial orchestra, each of whom had only one single note to blow. They served in place of an organ, and gave the chorus, the notes of which were divided among them, great firmness and strength. In several short soli, their effect was ravishing. Before the orchestra, were the Court singers, men and boys, about fifty in number, all in red uniform embroidered with gold. After the first part of Sarti’s oratorio, …   more >>
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Louis Spohr, and Frederick Freedman and Longman Roberts & Green London 1865 (ed.), Louis Spohr's Autobiography, volume 1 (1969), p. 45. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1409578762295 accessed: 16 April, 2024

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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Concert of the Imperial Orchestra
written by Francois Alday, Giuseppe Sarti
performed by [Horace?] Rémi, Russian Imperial Orchestra and Choir, Signor Delphino

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1803
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Concert given by soloists of the Imperial Orchestra at the Steiner Theatre; the only performances permitted to take place during Lent by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:39:22 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:32:28 +0000