Charles Halle et al. in Paris - the 1840's

from Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860) , page 72:

One morning Hiller and I were playing together one of Bach's organ pieces on the piano, one of no particular interest, but which we wished to know better. When we were in the middle of it, a part hardly to be distinguished from many other similar ones, the door opened, Mendelssohn entered, and, without interrupting us, rose on tip-toes, and with his up-lifted finger pointed significantly at the next bar which was coming and contained an unexpected and striking modulation. So from hearing through the door a bar or two of a, for Bach, somewhat commonplace piece, he not only recognised it at …   more >>

cite as

Charles Halle, and Marie Hallé and Charles E Halle (ed.), Life and letters of Sir Charles Hallé; being an autobiography (1819-1860) (London, 1896), p. 72. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Charles Halle
Conducting, Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
Organist, Composer, Conducting, Pianist
music director, Composer, Conducting, Writer

Listening to

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A Bach organ piece
written by Bach
performed by Charles Halle, Hiller

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1840's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:54:03 +0000
Approved on Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:13:07 +0100