Amy Fay et al. in Berlin - August, 1870

from Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era, pages 82-83:

You can imagine what an ordeal my first lesson was to me. I brought him [Carl Tausig] a long and difficult Scherzo, by Chopin, that I had practiced carefully for a month, and knew well. Fancy how easy it was for me to play, when he stood over me and kept calling out all through it in German, "Terrible! Shocking! Dreadful! O Gott! O Gott!" I was really playing it well, too, and I kept on in spite of him, but my nerves were all rasped and excited to the highest point, and when I got through and he gave me my music, and said, "Not at all bad" (very complimentary for him), I rushed out of the room…   more >>
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Amy Fay, Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (2011), p. 82-83. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Amy Fay
Carl Tausig
Musician, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Chopin
performed by Amy Fay

Experience Information

Date/Time August, 1870
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:04:59 +0000