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Memories of a Musical Life   By: (1829-1908)

Memories of a Musical Life by William Mason

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MEMORIES OF A

MUSICAL LIFE

[Illustration: WILLIAM MASON IN 1899]

Memories of a

Musical Life

by

William Mason

[Illustration: colophon]

NEW YORK

THE CENTURY CO.

MCMII

Copyright, 1900, 1901, by

THE CENTURY CO.

Published October, 1901.

THE DEVINE PRESS.

TO MY DAUGHTER MINA MASON VAN SINDEREN AT WHOSE REQUEST THESE MEMORIES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN

CONTENTS

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EARLY DAYS IN NEW ENGLAND 3 Lowell Mason's Career 7 First Beethoven Symphony in America 8 Musical Conventions 9 Early Musical Training 10 Webster and Clay 11 First Public Appearance 18 Leopold de Meyer 19 "Father Heinrich" 22 An Embarrassing Experience 25

STUDENT LIFE ABROAD 27 Meeting with Meyerbeer 28 Liszt's Feat of Memory 31 First Meeting with Liszt 33 Arrival at Leipsic 34 Moscheles, Beethoven, and Chopin 36 The Intimacy of Moscheles and Mendelssohn 37 Schumann 38 Schumann's "Symphony No. 1, B Flat" 39 Schumann's Absent mindedness 42 Moritz Hauptmann 44 A Visit to Wagner 48 Wagner on Mendelssohn and Beethoven 51 A Wagner Autograph 55 Moscheles 57 Joseph Joachim 62 Schumann's "Concerto in A Minor" 63 Carl Mayer 65 Dreyschock 66 Prince de Rohan's Dinner 71 Chopin, Henselt, and Thalberg 75 Anton Schindler, "Ami de Beethoven" 79 Schindler and Schnyder von Wartensee 82 First London Concert 84

WITH LISZT IN WEIMAR 86 Accepted by Liszt 88 The Altenburg 93 How Liszt Taught 97 "Play It Like This" 99 Liszt in 1854 101 His Fascination 102 Liszt's Indignation 103 Objects to my Eye glasses 106 A Musical Breakfast 108 Liszt's Playing 110 Liszt and Pixis 117 Liszt Conducting 119 Liszt's Symphonic Poems Rehearsing "Tasso" 121 Extracts from a Diary 122 Opportunities 126 Brahms in 1853 127 Nervous before Liszt 128 Dozing while Liszt Played 129 "Lohengrin" for the First Time in Leipsic 132 In Stuttgart Hotel Marquand 135 The Schumann "Feier" in Bonn, 1880 136 Brahms's Pianoforte playing 137 A Historical Error Corrected 141 More about Liszt's Wonderful Sight reading 142 Liszt's Moments of Contrition 144 Peter Cornelius 145 Some Famous Violinists 147 Remenyi 151 Some Distinguished Opera singers 153 Henriette Sontag 154 Johanna Wagner 156 Mme... Continue reading book >>




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