Sylvia Townsend Warner in Dorchester - 22 March, 1959

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 257:

In the afternoon to the last Music Society concert: Gioconda di Vito, a solid, grave, embattled woman, with a superb large bullneck - pleasure to see her sternly settling the pas on her shoulder, a privy smile vouchsafed when she had got it right.  She played that dull Leclair sonata then Brahms in A. I could have yelled for joy as she swept along the first entry of the theme.  Then La Folia: the cadenza most enthralling, for she managed to make it sound extemporised, & it flagged, & then rose with whirls of wings to the close.  By now she was looking rather pleased …   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 257. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Dorchester


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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written by Kreutzer, Brahms, Beethoven
performed by Gioconda de Vito, Ernest Lush

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 March, 1959
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


A footnote gives the location as Dorchester.

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:13:21 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:31:40 +0000