Sylvia Townsend Warner - 23 October, 1929

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 46:

...dined with Victor for a Delius concert. Victor sickening for he knew not what, and the Delius concert rather bored us.  The truth is we neither of us like music enough for that kind of thing. [...] Delius should never be shown a word.  Words dry him up. He was there, blind and paralysed, bowing his rather bird-like head to the applause.  The performance was sympathetically encored, and each time I thought he would crash the blind brow into the gallery barrier.  We may not be a musical nation, but we are so kind to dumb animals.  When he was alive …   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 46. accessed: 4 July, 2022


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Unknown Orchestral Music
written by Delius

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 October, 1929
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:22:37 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:18:53 +0000