Thomas Gray in Rome - May, 1740

from Letter from Mr Gray to Mr West, Tivoli, May 21, 1740, page 122:

I have more time than I thought, and I will employ it in telling you about a ball that we were at the other evening. Figure to yourself a Roman villa; all its little apartments thrown open, and lighted up to the best advantage. At the upper end of the gallery, a fine concert, in which La Diamantina, a famous virtuosa, played on the violin divinely and sung angelically; Giovannino and Pasqualini (great names in musical story) also performed miraculously. On each side were ranged all the secular grand monde of Rome, the ambassadors, princesses, and all that…. “ Poi nacque un grazioso …   more >>
cite as

Thomas Gray, Letter from Mr Gray to Mr West, Tivoli, May 21, 1740. In John Drinkwater (ed.), Gray's Poems, Select Letters and Essays (1912), p. 122. accessed: 23 March, 2023

location of experience: Rome


Thomas Gray
scholar, Poet

Listening to

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vocal and instrumental music at a ball in Rome performed by Giovannino, La Diamantina, Pasqualini

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1740
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:17:29 +0000