William Gardiner in Haarlem - 1827

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 536-541:

As there was service in the evening [at Haarlem Cathedral] I was contented to hear it in the common psalmody, and a most glorious effect it produced. The cathedral is the largest in Holland, much higher than Westminster Abbey, and of great length. I placed myself at the eastern end, and upon the organist giving out the tune I became paralysed with astonishment. A stop called the Vox humana led the congregation, which so predominated over the double diapasons, that it seemed like the voice of a monster issuing from this mountain of sounds. The roulades or flourishes introduced between the …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 536-541. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433966808364 accessed: 9 December, 2023

location of experience: Haarlem


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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common psalmody performed by Haarlem Cathedral congregation

Experience Information

Date/Time 1827
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:06:51 +0100
Approved on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:09:14 +0100