Virginia Woolf in London - 3 January, 1915
from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, page 5:
We went to a concert at the Queens Hall, in the afternoon. Considering that my ears have been pure music for some weeks, I think that patriotism is a base emotion. By this I mean (I am writing in haste, expecting Flora to dinner) that they played a national Anthem & a Hymn & all I could feel was the entire absence of emotion in myself & everyone else.
Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, volume 1 (Harmondsworth, 1979), p. 5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444052772306 accessed: 4 October, 2023
Listening tohide composers
written by George Frideric Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Richard Wagner
|performed by Henry Wood|
|Date/Time||3 January, 1915|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
The footnote in the diary confirms the details of the concert: 'As was customary, the concert opened with the National Anthem; it was followed by 'O God Our Strength'. a hymn by the conductor, Sir Henry Wood, and works by Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Wagner.'