Mary Delany in London - March, 1734

from Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany: with interesting Reminiscences of King George the Third and Queen Charlotte, pages 449-450:

I dine to-day wdth Sir John and Bunny, in the afternoon sit with Lady W. Yesterday I dined at Mrs. Percival's, and in the afternoon Phil and I went to the oratorio at Lincoln's Inn, composed by Porpora, an Italian, famous for church music, who is now in England : it is a fine solemn piece of music, but I confess I think the subject too solemn for a theatre. To have words of piety made use of only to introduce good music, is reversing what it ought to be, and most of the people that hear the oratorio make no reflection on the meaning of the words, though God is addressed in the most solemn …   more >>

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Mary Granville, and Augusta Hall (ed.), Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany: with interesting Reminiscences of King George the Third and Queen Charlotte, volume 1 (London, 1861), p. 449-450. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444051827990 accessed: 7 July, 2022

location of experience: London

Listeners

Mary Delany
Artist, Writer
1700-1788

Listening to

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Oratorio
written by Porpora

Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1734
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:30:28 +0100
Approved on Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:01:10 +0000