Berlioz - 1855
from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 129:
I have returned from my rural excursion; that is, I returned last night. Klindworth was there. He played a delicious and melancholy piece of his and afterwards we sang – he, the two daughters of the house, a young German painter, and I – five-part pieces by Purcell. The ladies seemed to know them like their Bible, but they pleased Klindworth and me only tolerably. The others drank it up like consecrated milk. There is a musical feeling at the bottom of these English organizations, but it is a conservative feeling, religious above all, and anti-passionate.
Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 129. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424652424027 accessed: 11 December, 2023
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|
Letter from Hector Berlioz to Franz Liszt, London, June 25 1855.