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Conceive people with their animal spirits at their highest, all shouting with one accord, and all eager to obtain a favourable view of the hero of the day, and you will have it. Those who were not tall enough to see over their neighbour's shoulders got upon the seats and stood there, the example being so greatly followed that soon the floor of the concert room presented the extraordinary an somewhat absurd spectacle of an audience standing on the benches.From Musical Times editorial coverage in May 1886 of concert given by Franz Liszt in London.
Quote comes via Dolmetsch: The Man and His Work by Margaret Campbell, a book I will doubtless be returning to. Copies of the Musical Times from 1903 to 2009 can be read online. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Also on Facebook and Twitter.