[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’[1] L. chalked on his door. Years after at Warsaw, sans faute.[2] 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.”

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