William Gardiner in England - late 18th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 42:

In the opera-house, I saw a beautiful young English dancer, the daughter of a hairdresser, who fascinated the audience through a whole season, with her celebrated hornpipe... Nature had been lavish in her flexible form, and though she indulged in an exquisite variety of graceful attitudes, she never broke through the strict bounds of modesty. The music to which she danced was stubborn and unyielding, but this helped to show off, by contrast, her snake-like evolutions.

cite as

William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 3 (London, 1 January, 1853), p. 42. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432982767911 accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: England


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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'hornpipe' dance music

Experience Information

Date/Time late 18th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sat, 30 May 2015 11:46:08 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:21:13 +0100