Sylvia Townsend Warner in Maiden Newton - 31 March, 1942

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 121:

In the evening the wireless did Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.  I find that as I grow old I like this sort of music better and better, and respect it a great deal for being noble and unassuming and humane.  I see why Stendhal thought so well of it. As one becomes disillusioned about people's intellectuals by seeing people so continually fools, one attachs more and more value to people's emotionals. Portico-music. I like porticos and Bernini colonnades, and poplar-tree colonnades too.

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 121. accessed: 1 December, 2023

location of experience: Maiden Newton


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Stabat Mater
written by Pergolesi, Rossini

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 March, 1942
Medium broadcast

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:46:14 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:33:47 +0100