Thomas Twining - May, 1762
The other morning I was invited to Renaudet’s to hear a famous harpsichord player of Bristol - one [Robert] Broderip, a man fit to have play’d at the taking of Bellisle [Belle Isle]; of so rude a touch that you find yourself involuntarily stealing away from him while he is playing, lest the flying to pieces of the harpsichord & frame, which you expect every moment, shd. break a leg, or knock your eye out. Indeed it is hardly safe to be in the same room with him when he is playing. Fire & spirit make his essence of music. As for taste, or delicacy, or cantabile — poor man!
Thomas Twining, Letter from Thomas Twining to John Hey, 31 May 1762. In Thomas Twining, and Ralph S. Walker (ed.), A selection of Thomas Twining's letters 1734-1804 : the record of a tranquil life, volume 1 (Lewiston, New York, 1991), p. 32. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1390826351619 accessed: 22 October, 2021
Originally submitted by David Rowland on Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:59:38 +0000