Audiences at harmonic meetings - the 1780's

from Letter from Anna Seward to Rebecca Cotton Baldwin, 27 October 1785, page 82:

Every harmonic meeting I attend leads me to ponder with new astonishment, the universal affectation of musical feeling, while the audience evince so little of its reality. How often do we perceive them either not listening at all, or with the most languid attention, to the sublimest compositions, both vocal and instrumental; to which, when a trifling ballad has succeeded, its notes have been imbibed with eager transport, and dismissed with vollies of applause. A great master takes a common country-dance as the subject of his solo, and forms, upon that worthless ground, the most elegant …   more >>
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Anna Seward, Letters of Anna Seward: Written between the Years 1784 and 1807, Vol. 1, p. 82. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1365518167 accessed: 22 November, 2017

Listeners

Listening to

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country dance; ballad; art music; popular music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1780's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:15:32 +0000