Alexander Mackenzie in London - the 1860's

from A Musician's Narrative , page 49:

The prevailing taste then catered for may have been at its lowest when a much-advertised Turkish (or Arab) artist was imported to perform solos–clad in gorgeous attire–on a weird-looking instrument. But we knew that the illustrious Oriental was none other than a member of a well-known British family of wind-instrumentalists and a familiar figure in our orchestras. Whether his instrument was an early specimen of that fearful wildfowl, the saxophone, or a disguised bass clarinet, matters little. The present popularity of the former is undeniable, albeit inexplicable.
cite as

Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 49. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Alexander Mackenzie

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1860's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Part of the "Proms".

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 08 May 2015 20:15:39 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:53:45 +0100