Beryl Benjamin

George Walford: A Bit of Gossip

After the second performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Berlin in 1829, there was a party for the performers. The wife of one of them, Therese Devrient, was sitting between Mendelssohn and a man who kept urging her to drink and showered her with inane and flirtatious compliments, until Therese, bored with his prattle,… read more »