— Sing Il Trovatore
Ladies in the Moonlight
Friedheim Plays Liszt
April 6, 1884
Il Trovatore will be repeated, primarily in order that we may hear again, as at the last performance, a succession of those high notes with which Signor Mierzwinski favors the stagione audiences so generously. "Bon appetit," one feels like calling to the parterre, to whom every B and C from Mierzwinski's throat seems at least as savory as a fresh, succulent oyster.
Just watch them in that sublime moment when the tenor gazes down ecstatically from the beatific heights of his C or C sharp. They click their tongues in delight, pat their bellies contentedly. They become real frog's legs under the influence of Herr Mierzwinski's galvanic column of Memnon. 1 The ambitious among them attempt to imitate him, singing in the same register; the more modest opt for the safer terrain of the octave below; the true enthusiast, however, sings along pantomimically (a sign of great emotion), separating the upper and lower jaws according to the height and duration of the attacked tones — a silly business, but one that may well afford more pleasure than Verdi's Il Trovatore — or even Mierzwinski's.
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Publication information: Book title: The Music Criticism of Hugo Wolf. Contributors: Henry Pleasants - Editor, Hugo Wolf - Author. Publisher: Holmes & Meier. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 34.