Lina Waterfield in Florence - 15 January, 1879, 02:00 PM

from Letter from Lina Waterfield to unknown correspondent, pages 3-4:

I have not yet told you of the music. It was a 'concerto di musica antica' with the old instruments - arpsicordo, viola d'amore e violino, and the viola tenore. and everyone was interested but I cannot say charmed by the sounds produced by these strange forgotten instruments. The harpsichord resembled the spinet of our grandmothers and dearly drove us all mad with its tinkling tones. The Signora Dolmetsch played a fugue in re minore and it never changed tone but stuck at the re minore for about half an hour. Can you imagine anything more disastrous to our nerves? I wanted to tinkly, winkly …   more >>
cite as

Letter from Lina Waterfield to unknown correspondent. In Harold Acton Library, Florence, number WAT:1:G:59:FF13216, p. 3-4. accessed: 4 March, 2024

location of experience: Florence


Lina Waterfield

Listening to

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unspecified chamber music
written by Edmund Rubbra

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 January, 1879, 02:00 PM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Robert Fraser on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:26:55 +0000