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Today in WMH: Tchaikovsky’s Travels

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4/26 Today in Weird Music History: 1891.  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky steps on American soil.  An avid traveler, the reason for his visit is to conduct at the May 5, opening concert at the brand new “Music Hall”(later renamed “Carnegie Hall”).  In his notebook titled, Trip to America, he poses the following concerns about his trip:

“Things to ask. Is it safe to drink the water in America? What kind of cigarettes do men smoke in New York City? What kind of hats do they wear? Can I get my laundry done there? Check acoustics of the new music hall.” 

For more info on this piece of American music history: http://www.carnegiehall.org/ch/pages/1-3-1-3-1-3-1.aspx?pageid=4294981013

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1 Comment

  1. shoreacres says:

    This is just funny. Priorities, priorities! And what a view of America he must have had!

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