Audiences at harmonic meetings in Unspecified, and London - the 1780's

from Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Cotton, 27 October 1785, pages 87–88:

Every harmonic meeting I attend leads me to ponder with new astonishment, the universal affectation of musical feeling, while the audience evince so little of its reality. How often do we perceive them either not listening at all, or with the most languid attention, to the sublimest compositions, both vocal and instrumental; to which, when a trifling ballad has succeeded, its notes have been imbibed with eager transport, and dismissed with vollies of applause. A great master takes a common country-dance as the subject of his solo, and forms, upon that worthless ground, the most elegant …   more >>

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Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Cotton, 27 October 1785. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 1 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 87–88. accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Unspecified, and London


Listening to

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Vocal music performed by Elizabeth Linley, Anna Maria Crouch
country dance; ballad; art music; popular music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1780's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:15:32 +0000
Approved on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:59:25 +0100