Charles Burney et al. in London - 14 December, 1775

from Journals and Letters, pages 66-67:

My Father... asked [Omai] very much to favour us with a song of his own Country.... He seemed to be quite ashamed, - but we all joined, and made the request so earnestly, that he could not refuse us: but he was either so modest that he blushed for his own performance, or his Residence here had made him so conscious of the barbarity of the South Sea Islands' Music, that he could hardly prevail with himself to comply with our request. And when he did, he began two or three Times before he could acquire Voice or firmness to go on. Nothing can be more curious, or less pleasing, than …   more >>
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Frances Burney, and Peter Sabor and Lars E. Troide (ed.), Journals and Letters (London, 2001), p. 66-67. accessed: 12 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer
Frances Burney

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Song sung by Omai performed by Omai

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 December, 1775
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 28 May 2015 17:23:55 +0100