Sylvia Townsend Warner in Cambridge - 18 February, 1928

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 13:

To Cambridge... Dined in Corpus with an air-marshal whose name I can't remember and then on to King Arthur by the Cambridge Operatic Society. Dryden simply could not go wrong when he wrote for the stage.  There is no corner of the cheek his tongue was unacquainted with - the scene where Emmeline recovers her sight is almost Barrie-ish; yet over the whole is the nobility of a Godlike rational technique.  The music is neither Godlike nor rational - perhaps only Gluck's is: but O Lord how lovely and how English it is, English in its inadequacies, for Purcell's small-talk is …   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1994), p. 13. accessed: 24 July, 2024

location of experience: Cambridge


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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an operatic performance
written by Dryden, Rochmaninoff
performed by Cambridge Operatic Society

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 February, 1928
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:27:24 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:38:12 +0000