History of the Handel and Haydn Society, of Boston, Massachusetts; From the Foundation of the Society ... 1815 [To May 25, 1903] ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... have conducted any of the oratorios impromptu, orchestra and all. Mme. Rudersdorlf was a woman of great and various experience in the world; she was eccentric. brusque, original, genial, very social. witty and entertaining, well read and intelligent on many subjects besides music. a brilliant conversationalist, warm-hearted and generous, very independent, very attractive, and sometimes provoking. In 1872 she took up her abode in Boston as a singing teacher; later transferred her school to a farm residence in the interior of Massachusetts. She died Feb. 26, 1882. The clever actor, Richard Mansfield, 'is her son by a second husband whom she married in London. Among her pupils were Anna Drasdil. Emma Thursby, and Emily Winant. The Medea. scena, as the very name suggests, is a long, impassioned outburst of jealous love, revenge, and tenderness, on the same scale with Beethoven's " Ah perfido," only more extravagant and with a larger proportion of fierce declamatory recitative. It sounded the whole compass of that sort of passion. as well as of the singer's voice. which. while weak in the middle portion and sometimes inaudible at some distance, often thrilled you by its splendid high tones, as well as by its strong deep tones of indignation. It was a revelation on her part of superb vocal and dramatic power. The Hallelujah chorus from Beethoven's Mount of Olives, sung and accompanied with great spirit, closed the miscellaneous first part of the concert. Part second was filled by Mendelssohn's Symphony-Cantata Lobgesang or Hymn of Praise, more worthy of the opening of so great a Festival. There is no need to repeat what has been said so many times before of the power and beauty of the work, or of the zeal...show more
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