John Constable - early 19th Century

from Memoirs of the Life of John Constable, page 271:

A mind like Constable’s, united to a nervous temperament so sensitive, could not be indifferent to music. In his youth he was a good flute player, but he laid the instrument aside as he found that painting required his whole attention. Preferring simplicity and expression to an ostentatious display of art, I remember that, at a musical party during a trio in Italian, with which his ears were stunned, and which was only fit for the vast area of the Opera House, he whispered to me, ‘I dare say it is very fine, for it is very disagreeable; but if these people were to make such a noise before …   more >>
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John Constable, and Jonathan Mayne, C. R. Leslie (ed.), Memoirs of the life of John Constable : composed chiefly of his letters (Oxford, 1980), p. 271. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1384361799307 accessed: 21 September, 2017

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John Constable
Artist
1776-1837

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Italian trio

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:56:39 +0000