George Forster in Polynesia - the 1770's

from A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty’s Sloop Resolution Commanded by Capt. James Cook, page 429:

We were no sooner seated in the house, surrounded by a considerable number of natives, not less than a hundred, than two or three of the women welcomed us with a song, which, though exceedingly simple, has a very pleasing effect, and was highly musical when compared to the Tahitian songs. They beat time to it by snapping the second finger and thumb and holding the remaining three fingers upright. Their voices were very sweet and mellow, and they sang in parts. When they had done they were relieved by others, who sung the same tune, and at last they joined together in chorus. A very …   more >>
cite as

George Forster, A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty’s Sloop Resolution Commanded by Capt. James Cook (1777), p. 429. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1394296390659 accessed: 24 November, 2017

location of experience: Polynesia

Listeners

George Forster
naturalist travel writer,
1754-1794

Listening to

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folk song

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1770's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Notes

quoted in ‘Polynesian Music, Captain Cook, and the Romantic Movement in Europe’ Adrienne L. Kaeppler Music Educators Journal Vol. 65 No. 3 Nov 1978


Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:33:11 +0000