John Evelyn et al. in Tower Hill - 19 April, 1687

from Diary of John Evelyn, 19 April 1687, page 306:

[April] 19 I heard the famous Singer the Eunuch Cifacca, esteemed the best in Europe & indeede his holding out & delicatenesse in extending & loosing a note with that incomparable softnesse, & sweetenesse was admirable: For the rest, I found him a meere wanton, effeminate child; very Coy, & prowdly conceited to my apprehension: He touch'd the Harpsichord to his Voice rarely well, & this was before a select number of some particular persons whom Mr. Pepys (Secretary of the Admiralty & a greate lover of Musick) invited to his house, where the meeting was, & this obtained by peculiar favour & …   more >>
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John Evelyn, Diary of John Evelyn, 19 April 1687. In De la Bédoyère, Guy (ed.), The Diary of John Evelyn (Woodbridge, 1995), p. 306. accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: Tower Hill


John Evelyn
Diarist, Writer
Samuel Pepys
Member of Parliament, Diarist, Naval officer

Listening to

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Castrato singing, accompanied by harpsichord performed by Cifacca [Cifeccio?]

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 April, 1687
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:36:21 +0100