William Gardiner in Paris - 1802

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 275-276:

At our musical parties [in Paris] we played Haydn’s symphonies, compressed into quintetts. Our leader, who attacked every piece as a bull-dog would a badger, set off at a furious rate, and being a corpulent man, soon fiddled himself into such a heat that he took off his coat. The violoncello player was not behind him in fervour, for, on coming to a difficult passage, he screwed up his muscular powers till his mouth had a shape not unlike the mouth of a water-bottle, which with a goggling stare, would have charmed Cruickshank himself. The moment we had set off we never stopped till we arrived…   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 275-276. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1397385239321 accessed: 21 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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written by Haydn

Experience Information

Date/Time 1802
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:33:59 +0100