Amy Fay in Berlin - April, 1870

from Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era, pages 62-63:

To-night is the last Royal Symphony Concert of this season, and of course I shall go. This wonderful orchestra carries me completely away. It is too marvellous how they play! such expression, such élan! I heard them give Beethoven's Leonora Overture last week in such a fashion as fairly electrified me. This overture sums up the opera of Fidelio, and in one part of it, just as the hero is going to be executed, you hear the post-horn sound which announces his delivery. This they play so softly that you catch it exactly as if it came from a long distance, and you cannot believe it comes from the…   more >>
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Amy Fay, Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (2011), p. 62-63. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422910535730 accessed: 20 September, 2021

location of experience: Berlin

Listeners

Amy Fay
Pianist
1844-1928

Listening to

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Leonora Overture
written by Beethoven
performed by Royal Symphony

Experience Information

Date/Time April, 1870
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:55:35 +0000