Alexander Ewing in England - in the beginning of 1877

from Impressions That Remained Memoirs, page 132:

I do not yet know Brahms well enough to think so much of him as you [Ethel Smyth] do. I do not always get within his meaning. I know both Sestets. I heard his last quartet - I think in B major. I like it very much, and I liked the (so-called) "Scherzo" best. It is no more a Scherzo than it is an Irish Jig, but it is a superb movement. The critics considered it unintelligible! I heard Madame Schumann & Co. play her husband's pianoforte quartet just as you say they did.

cite as

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, Impressions That Remained Memoirs (New York City, 1946), p. 132. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: England


Alexander Ewing

Listening to

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Schumann's pianoforte quartet
written by Robert Schumann
performed by anonymous players, Clara Schumann
Brahms' B major quartet
written by Brahms

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1877
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:37:32 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:42:57 +0100