William Beatty-Kingston in Rome - 1869

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, page 109:

In Rome a ballet of this description used to run — and probably still does so — through a whole season, filling the Tordinone every night, and hummed, more or less loudly, by the entire audience. Italians will not be deterred from giving tongue to their likes and dislikes with a freedom unknown to us frigid islanders ; and, sitting in the Apollo stalls amongst the principini, I used to hear the airs of Brahma (the ballet of that Œcumenical winter) chanted all around me by dandies of the first water, very seldom under their breath. 

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 109. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447280038769 accessed: 29 May, 2022

location of experience: Rome

Listeners

William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation
1837-1900

Listening to

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The airs of Brahma performed by The Audience

Experience Information

Date/Time 1869
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:13:59 +0000
Approved on Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:56:42 +0000