Anna Seward

from Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston Simmons, 17 April 1787, page 287:

Upon two people, whose taste for music was by nature perhaps equally keen, if one of them has been in the constant custom of hearing the best music, and the other has had but seldom opportunity of listening even to the most moderate, probably the simplest air, of perhaps but indifferent merit, would have more effect upon the passions of the novice, than the sublimest air of Pergolezzi's or Handel's, upon the feelings of him whose ear had been habituated to their admirable compositions. Every adept in the science of music knows, that it is impossible for melody alone to have produced …   more >>
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Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston Simmons, 17 April 1787. In A. Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 3 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 287. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1377094402 accessed: 23 November, 2017

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Anna Seward
Writer, Poet
1742-1809

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singing in English and singing in Italian
written by Pergolesi, George Frideric Handel

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Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:57:42 +0000