William Gardiner in London - early 19th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 564-565:

When Rossini visited this country I was introduced to him by Spagnoletti. He was a fine, portly, good-looking fellow, a voluptuary that revelled in the delights of the table as much as in the luxury of sweet sounds. He had just composed a dirge on the death of Lord Byron, the score of which he exhibited to me, obviously penned with the greatest rapidity. I heard part of it performed, and thought it worthy of that great genius. I am not aware that this work has been printed. He sang the principal airs himself in a graceful manner, and with a rich liquidity of tone ; the easy movement of his …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 564-565. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433968560221 accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: London


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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Dirge on the death of Lord Byron
written by Rossini
performed by Rossini

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:36:00 +0100
Approved on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:34:19 +0100