[Venice—Monday, 26 November 1888]
Again with R. Browning to Lido from 10.30 to 1. Wondrous weather—like Spring—& halcyon sea. R.B. decided to return to London next week. Talked of music—to wh. he once gave much study, & says he shall take it up again (at 76). Of Lubeck one of the best of pianists & the man who always hit wrong note ‘Soignez votre bémol’ L. chalked on his door. Years after at Warsaw, sans faute. R.B. used to play all Beethoven’s Sonatas.
1. “Be careful of your flats” or “Take care of your weak points.”
2. “Without fail.”