William Gardiner - early 19th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 784-785:

The harp requires to be treated with great tenderness ; it speaks with a lisping tongue, and its greatest excellence is that airy lightness which lies in its pianissimo.  I once met Bochsa in the green-room, and heard him practise his concerto in a whisper before he went on the stage. I never was more delighted ; he brought out the tones as if the strings had been touched with a feather. When I heard him before the audience, the charm was gone ; his force and vigour seemed not suited to the instrument. Men handle it too roughly ; their mode of clawing violates its beauty …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 784-785. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435609328594 accessed: 9 December, 2022


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:22:08 +0100
Approved on Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:13:56 +0100