Herr Sonnleithner et al. in Vienna - November, 1814

from Excerpts from the Memoirs of J. W. Tomaschek, pages 260-261:

The concert was brought to a close with the Battle of Vittoria, at which the majority of the audience went wild; I, on the contrary, was painfully grieved to find Beethoven, whom ProviĀ­dence has perhaps destined for the highest throne in the musical hierarchy, moving on the plane of the coarsest materialists. [...] When the orchestra all but capsized in the tumultuous riot of drumming, pounding, and rattling, and I expressed to Herr Sonnleithner my distaste over the boisterous applause, he remarked in a mocking tone that "most people would like it even better if the beating were extended to …   more >>
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Abram Loft and Johann Wenzel Tomaschek, Excerpts from the Memoirs of J. W. Tomaschek. In The Musical Quarterly, volume Vol. 32, No. 2 (April, 1946), p. 260-261. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1425912989636 accessed: 18 April, 2024

location of experience: Vienna


Johann Wenzel Tomaschek
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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Battle of Vittoria
written by Beethoven

Experience Information

Date/Time November, 1814
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by mallen on Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:56:29 +0000