Category Archives: Music

The Over-Excited Performer

Quick Quotes 35. The following quote is from an interview in the July 1904 issue of Talking Machine News with American recording engineer Mr J. D. Smoot, working in London making records for the International Talking Machine Company. “How does the … Continue reading

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A Voice from the Past

Snippets 204. The following quote is from the May 1904 issue of Talking Machine News: Edward Lloyd, the famous tenor, though he retired from the concert platform in December, 1900, not through failure of voice, or through ill health, but because, … Continue reading

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Memoirs in Flames

Snippets 142.  Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.  In the twilight of his life he decided to write his memoirs, which he never … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Liszt

Snippets 63. Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald was a biographer and author, who contributed to Household Words, his friend Charles Dickens’s magazine, and wrote several books about theatre, opera and history. He was also a sculptor, and his bust of Dickens can … Continue reading

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