mid 19th Century

from A Treatise on the Instrumentation of Military Bands, page 2:

Reed bands [military bands] may be said to belong to the public in general. What a band of stringed instruments is in a room, a theatre, a concert-hall, etc., reed bands are in the open air… An orchestra of string instruments combined with vocal solos and chorus, always will produce the most elevating impression, and is alone that which forms, improves, and perpetuates really artistic taste for music. Reed bands, on the contrary, permit the minds of those present to be busied with other pleasures, which they endeavour to unite with artistic enjoyment.
cite as

Charles Mandel, A Treatise on the Instrumentation of Military Bands (London, 1859), p. 2. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1386514665830 accessed: 21 September, 2017

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by th4 on Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:57:45 +0000