William Gardiner in Leicester

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 302-303:

The most striking era in the history of music was the invention of the pianoforte [1700] ; before its introduction it might be said there was no domestic music, certainly no singing. The harpsichord was ill adapted to support the voice. Indeed, there was no music prepared for it. We heard nothing but sailors' rude songs, and galloping hunting songs, which the ladies were constrained to sing, for want of better music. The invention of the pianoforte, like the introduction of tea, softened the manners of the age, increased the refinement of the mind, and gave an elegance to society by the …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 3 (London, 1 January, 1853), p. 302-303. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433281968393 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: Leicester


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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piano music
written by Sigismond Thalberg

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:52:48 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:13 +0100