Stanislaus Joyce - early 20th Century
from The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce, page 103:
I like instrumental music best, better than songs, better than operas, and this seems to me strange as I have absolutely no knowledge of music or of any instrument, and am not much ear. I am very hard to please in operas, perhaps because my ear is confused. I generally look at the shoulders of the people under me so as not to see the acting. Operas seem to me literally screaming farces, and I like best those that are simple or those in which the melody is strange. I have no love for orchestration, and when it makes the voice difficult to hear I abominate it. I consider chiefly (when, that … more >>
Stanislaus Joyce, The Dublin Diary of Stanislaus Joyce. In George Harris Healey (ed.), The complete Dublin diary of Stanislaus Joyce (Ithaca, 1971), p. 103. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447880655126 accessed: 21 February, 2024
|early 20th Century
Stanislaus Joyce describes his musical preferences, mentioning that opera 'confuses' his ear.