Wilhelm Ganz in London - 1886

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, page 315:

I pride myself on being the first to introduce Madame Melba to the English public. She came to me soon after her arrival from Australia in 1886, and brought me a letter of introduction from a friend in Melbourne. I asked her whether she had brought any songs for me to hear, and she said " Yes." So she sang the grand aria " Ah ! fors' e lui " from La Traviata. I was delighted. It could not have been better sung ; the vocalisation was perfect, and she warbled her runs and shakes without any effort. When I asked her to sing something else, she pleased me very much with her rendering of my …   more >>

cite as

Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 315. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436458807940 accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Wilhelm Ganz
Accompanyist, Composer, Conducting, Teacher

Listening to

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Ah, fors'e lui from La Traviata
written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Nellie Melba
Sing Sweet Bird
written by Wilhelm Ganz
performed by Nellie Melba

Experience Information

Date/Time 1886
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by sp327 on Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:20:08 +0100
Approved on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:02:35 +0000