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名人家书:阿尔伯特施瓦策尔致父母(1)

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

  barcelona

  wednesday, 2∶00 p. m.

  22 october,1908

  my dear parents,

  the worst is behind us!that was last night's organ concert and the lecture preceding it.quite frankly i was somewhat worried about this lecture since i am not used to giving long talks in french… and the hall is enormous: three thousand people. but to my amazement i discovered that i felt as much at home in french as i do in german,and that it was easier for me to speak loudly andclearlyin frenchthan in german!istood there without a manuscript, and within three minutes i sensed thati had captured my audience more surely than i had ever done before. i spoke forfifty-five minutes, and next came an organ recital that lasted for one hour. i have never been sosuccessful.when the program ended, they allremained in their seats: i had to go back to myorgan and play for another half hour; the audiencewas sorryto leave… it was half-past midnight!

  here, the concerts are announced for 9∶15,but at that time there's not a soul in the auditorium;toward 9∶30 the first few peoplearrive, strolling about in the hall and the lobby,and toward ten o'clock, after three rings of a bell,the people deign to finally take their seats!

  on saturday, a grand concert with organ andorchestra is scheduled in the morning, and i have long rehearsals in the evening, for the organ isvery difficult to play since the sound is always delayed. luckily. i am well rested, and i am managing to overcome the difficulties. absolutely everyone addresses me as“chèr ma re”;the artcritics settle down in the auditorium during rehearsals; my portrait is displayed in the musicstores. it's such fun.