Memoir of Jenny Lind

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J. Ollivier, 1847 - 20 pages
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Page 17 - She appeared and conquered ! Her appearance took place in the presence of a crowded house, containing, probably, the whole musical public of Vienna, as well as the Imperial Court. The reports which had preceded her, the exaggerations of the socalled " Lind-enthusiasts," the unprecedentedly high prices of admission, had raised to such a degree the anticipations of the public, that Jenny Lind expressed her doubts of success, and declared that, but for having given her word, she would not consent to...
Page 18 - Imperial Court. The reports which had preceded her, the exaggerations of the so-called "Lind-enthusiasts," the unprecedentedly high prices of admission, had raised to such a degree the anticipations of the public, that Jenny Lind expressed her doubts of success, and declared that, but for having given her word, she would not consent to appear. With visible nervousness — with the elevation and dignity of a priestess, but yet •with an expression of humbleness— she ascended the Druid tree, and...
Page 12 - Vestal,' parts requiring exertions which wore most violent for her youth. Still, the applause with which she was rewarded made but a deeper impression on her mind that she was not yet worthy of it; that her master had done for her everything in his power, but that the study of great examples and the finishing hand were required to conduct her to that elevation in art which she had ambitioned. Garcia was known to be the first vocal teacher in Europe ; the wish of visiting him in Paris ripened to resolution....
Page 10 - ... younger teacher, Herr Berg, a profound musician, who conducted her instruction with an equal zeal, and to whom she is indebted for that solid musical science which forms so sure a basis to her lofty dramatic delineations. Pursuing her studies unremittingly, borne on by the impetus of applause — ever welcome, from the shrinking modesty of her demeanour, to the most brilliant circles of society, Jenny Lind attained her twelfth year, and here the rosy morning dream of her life became suddenly...
Page 16 - German language ; hut after two months' application, all admired the correctness of her pronunciation : such is her quickness of comprehension and facility of retention. '• Jenny Lind remained four months in Berlin, during which time the enthusiasm of the public was hourly increasing. Through all the districts of Germany, and far beyond its boundaries, her fame was extending, and soon the managers of London and Paris were outbidding each other to win the northern songstress; but. she was obliged...
Page 9 - ... feelings, but by no means in bodily strength or beauty, when it happened that Mrs. Lundberg, an actress, heard the child sing ; and, struck with her pure voice and correct enunciation, strove to open the eyes of her parents to the treasure they possessed, and urged them to devote their child to the stage. Jenny's mother, feeling those prejudices against theatres common among the middle classes, was at first horrified by the idea ; but Mrs. Lundberg ultimately conquered them, and the parents at...
Page 15 - Freischutz, with such effect, that Meyerbeer made her at once offers for Berlin. Her love of home, however, and the word she had pledged, drew her back to Stockholm. Received with enthusiasm in. her native town, the young girl gave proofs of her successful studies during her absence ; she proved an excellent actress, a perfect mistress of delivery, and the possession of an organ which seemed when most exerted more pure and beautiful. As she had formerly been the favorite at Stockholm, she was now...
Page 14 - I was living on my tears and the agony of the mal de pays," she said once, speaking of her Parisian residence. Nevertheless, nothing could induce her to return without procuring from Garcia another trial. After the lapse of the stipulated time Garcia found that her voice had improved, and that her instructions might commence. At this time Garcia was teaching a countrywoman of Lind's, Madlle. Nissen, who possessed a very powerful, full-toned voice, but no mental abilities. Jenny Lind confesses that...
Page 12 - ... teacher in Europe ; the wish of visiting him in Paris ripened to resolution. But how to accomplish it ? Where were the means upon which to exist while giving up her engagement and passing one or two years in Paris ? She had been, accustomed to live in the first circles of society, beloved and honored by all who knew her ; with the true pride of genius she shrunk from seeking assistance, and was resolved to trust to her own strength alone. During the vacation of the theatre she travelled with...
Page 13 - ... they could not afford to accompany her during this long absence ; and so the girl of eighteen, alone, protected only by her firmness, her innocence, and her sacred love for art, journeyed to that capital which had already produced so much greatness, and destroyed so much of the noble and virtuous. Arrived in Paris, her first visit was to Garcia, to whom she had been provided with introductory letters. It was with the most intense anxiety that she crossed his threshold. She stood now before the...

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