Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake in Venice

from Letter from Lady Eastlake, 19 September 1852, page 326:

We hear only the splash of the gondolas, or the strange cries of the gondoliers; otherwise there is no sound in these watery streets. Music, however, we have had. At about ten o'clock one evening a gondola band of singers came nearer and nearer, singing enchantingly -- a perfect fleet of gondolas, almost invisible in their black shapes in the dark, following noiselessly. There was not a sign of a creature listening; yet, when the chorus on the waters ceased, a mysterious clapping began, with sundry `brai,' which is what the lazy Venetians say for `bravi.' The chorus-gondola passed and repassed…   more >>
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Letter from Lady Eastlake, 19 September 1852. In Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake, and Charles Eastlake Smith (ed.), Journals and Correspondence of Lady Eastlake, p. 326. accessed: 15 July, 2024 (British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950)

location of experience: Venice


Listening to

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vocal music

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:27:40 +0100