William Beatty-Kingston in London - 1879

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, page 234:

When Alfred Gruenfeld was in London during the season of 1879, he was only three-and-twenty, but had so thoroughly mastered the technical difficulties of his art that — at least in that particular direction — he had nothing to learn. He was, even then, an admirable sight-reader, and gifted in no small measure with the rare faculty of felicitous improvisation. Many of my readers doubtless remember what a sensation he created at a monster concert in the Floral or St. James's Hall (I forget which) by an extempore treatment of the …   more >>

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William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 234. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451903728310 accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: London


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner
performed by Alfred Gruenfeld

Experience Information

Date/Time 1879
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:35:28 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:01:57 +0000