Lowell Mason - mid 19th Century
from Musical letters from Abroad, page 44:
How shall we speak of this vocalist, or to whom shall we compare her? The power of language has been exhausted on inferior or commonplace artists. Excellent, beautiful, charming, delightful, and other like adjectives fail; and words cannot give an idea of Sontag, because by their common use they have lost their significance, and because it is really quite impossible for any one to imagine what her singing is who has not heard her, or some one of the very few real artists who take rank with her.
Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 44. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448279941918 accessed: 4 March, 2024
Listening tohide composers
|performance of 'unknown music'
|performed by Henriette Sontag
|mid 19th Century
Mason muses on the singing of Henriette Sontag.