Frances von Bunsen in London - early August, 1848
On one occasion of being in London we went to Mrs. Sartoris, and enjoyed as usual her power of reproduction of ballad-songs, which seem as if composed by herself at the moment, so intensely does she feel through every thing the poem and music are calculated to excite and to express. Only I always feel the wish that I could gently sponge over her performance, as though it were a picture in which all the lights and shades and all the tints are right, but the contrasts too strong, the transitions too violent, yet nothing wanted for perfection but a little softening down, and degree of moderation.
Frances von Bunsen, Letter from Baroness Bunsen to her mother Mrs Waddington, 3 August 1848. In Augustus Hare (ed.), The Life and Letters of Frances Baroness Bunsen, volume 2 (London, 1879), p. 117-118. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1383325910186 accessed: 21 September, 2017
location of experience: London
Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:30:00 +0000