Marie Bashkirtseff in Madrid - 4 October, 1881

from The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff, page 492:

[W]e go to a café to hear a species of gipsies sing, and to see them dance. It is very strange indeed; a man twanging a guitar and a dozen women beating time with their hands; then all at once one of them begins to give utterance to certain notes, the chromatic scale all topsy-turvy: it is impossible to describe. In fact it’s thoroughly Arabian; after an hour you have had quite enough of it.
cite as

Marie Bashkirtseff, and Griselda Pollock and Roszika Parker (ed.), The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff (London, 1985), p. 492. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Madrid


Marie Bashkirtseff

Listening to

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Spanish gipsy music

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 October, 1881
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:49:07 +0000