Vera Brittain in Purley - 12 April, 1916

from Letter from Vera Brittain to Edward Brittain, 12 April 1916, pages 247-248:

This afternoon I have been playing over the slow movement from Beethoven’s No. 7 Sonata, & some of the Macdowell Sea Songs which you used to play. Whenever I sit down to the piano now I can always see you playing away, absolutely unconcerned by other people’s requests to you to come out, or listen a moment! If you were to die I think I should have to give up music altogether, for there would be so many things I could never bear to hear or play - just as now I cannot bear to play L’Envoi, or the 'Liber scriptus proferitur' part of Verdi's Requiem, which for some reason I always connected …   more >>
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Letter from Vera Brittain to Edward Brittain, 12 April 1916. In A. G. Bishop and Mark Bostridge (ed.), Letters from a lost generation : First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends - Roland Leighton, Edward Brittain, Victor Richardson, Geoffrey Thurlow (:London, 1999), p. 247-248. accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Purley


Vera Brittain

Listening to

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Sea Songs
written by Edward MacDowell
performed by Vera Brittain
Sonata No. 7
written by Beethoven
performed by Vera Brittain

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 April, 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 21 May 2014 17:49:40 +0100