Baroness Elizabeth Berkeley Craven in Greece - June, 1786

from Letter from Baroness Elizabeth Berkeley Craven to Christian Friederich Carl Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg, Anspach and Bayreuth, page 362:

Nothing is more diverting than to see the Greeks in pleasure-boats here, stopping to hear the Ambassador's musicians play, which they do every evening. I must first tell you that they are Germans, sent to Mr. de Choiseul from Vienna, and the best performers I have heard, playing always the finest Italian or German music. The Greeks, in their parties upon the water, have generally a lyre, a fiddle, and a guittar or two in the boats. With these instruments they make a horrid noise, each performer playing in a different key, and if they sing, all in discordant tones; the sound of the clarinets …   more >>
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Baroness Elizabeth Berkeley Craven, Letter from Baroness Elizabeth Berkeley Craven to Christian Friederich Carl Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg, Anspach and Bayreuth. In A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople in a Series of Letters...to his Serene Highness, the Margrave of Brandebourg, Ansbach, and Bayreuth (Dublin, 1789), p. 362. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1365610537 accessed: 22 November, 2017

location of experience: Greece

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Greek folk music
Italian music performed by the Ambassador's musicians
German music performed by the Ambassador's musicians

Experience Information

Date/Time June, 1786
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:34:49 +0000