Richard Church in Battersea - the 1900's

from Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography, pages 54–55 :

My mother had a light contralto singing voice, which she exercised upon the tuneful, sentimental ballads popular in those days before home-made music was displaced by radio and gramophone. The piano pieces which she delighted to play with those “thin, transparent hands” were of a similar kind to the ballads. She always opened one of her sessions at the pianoforte with a bravura piece called ‘Tarantella’, by Sidney Smith.  I have never heard that key-rattling solo performed elsewhere. Her copy of it, published by Mr. Boosey with lavish engraving of trumpets, …   more >>

cite as

Richard Church, Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography (London, 1956), p. 54–55 . accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Battersea


Richard Church
editor, Civil service, Novelist, Poet […]

Listening to

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written by Sidney Smith
performed by Lavinia Church

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1900's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Music-making in the family home

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:03:16 +0100
Approved on Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:01:29 +0000