William Gardiner in Leicester - the 1780's

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 12-13:

[My father] proposed that I should begin on the viola, an instrument in size between the violin and bass; and, little chap as I was, I commenced with this enormous fiddle under my chin. Before I began to play, I felt something like one set in the pillory; and, on wagging my elbow, the contortions into which my body was thrown gave me infinitely more pain than pleasure. In this way I was punished for a quarter of a year, playing the 'Belleisle March,’ 'Saxe’s Minuet,’ and other delicious bits of this kind; and thankful was I, when set at liberty, to acquire again the right use of my …   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 12-13. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1396876656856 accessed: 21 November, 2017

location of experience: Leicester


William Gardiner
Hosiery maker, Composer

Listening to

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Belleisle March performed by William Gardiner
lessons of Casper Heck performed by William Gardiner
Saxe’s Minuet performed by William Gardiner
thorough-bass of Pasquali performed by William Gardiner

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1780's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:17:37 +0100