John Marsh in London - 22 February, 1774

from The John Marsh Journals: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828), page 119:

... I adjouned in the evening to the oratorio of Sampson at Drury Lane then conducted by Stanley, whose back as he sat at the organ was present as conspicuously to the audience as his predecessor Mr Handel's used to be upon the same occasion, the space in front being not then filled as at present by a numerous group of chorus singers besides the principals.- Poor Stanley was then also frequently obliged to comfort himself as his predecessor did in the same predicament, viz. when the house was thin, the music wo'd sound the better, which was so much the case when we now went, that tho' the …   more >>
cite as

John Marsh, and Brian Robins (ed.), The John Marsh Journals: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828), volume - (Stuyvesant, New York, 1998), p. 119. accessed: 2 March, 2024

location of experience: London


John Marsh
Gentleman, violinist, Composer, Music criticism […]

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Fischer, Stanley
solo concerto for oboe performed by Fischer
solo concerto for organ performed by Stanley

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 February, 1774
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Drury Lane; footnote 9 on p. 118 says 'according to The London Stage, this perfomance took place on February 23, not the 22nd'. The composers of the organ and oboe concerto are not mentioned by Marsh.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:24:24 +0000