Louis Persinger in San Francisco - 1923

from Unfinished Journey, page 36:

It was on a Wednesday afternoon that Persinger agreed to unleash me upon the Beethoven, provided I master the Mozart A Major. I am as unlikely ever to forget the day as a primitive to forget his first dance in the hide or plumage of a totem. Here at last was a promise of authenticity! […] Mozart was the last trial before initiation. In eight hours of concentrated practice between my twice weekly lessons I memorized the Mozart A Major and played it for Persinger. A crueler man than he would have thrown me a coin, complimented the monkey and suggested tunes more appropriate to the hurdy-gurdy,…   more >>
cite as

Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 36. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1409693551541 accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: San Francisco


Louis Persinger
Leader of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Violin teacher, Violinist

Listening to

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Persinger's reaction to a performance of Mozart A Major violin concerto by a young Yehudi Menuhin
written by Mozart
performed by Yehudi Menuhin

Experience Information

Date/Time 1923
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:32:31 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:38:59 +0000