Lowell Mason in London - early August, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, page 163:

In the evening we attended the Baptist Church, Devonshire Square, Bishopgate street. A precentor, standing in front of the pulpit, led the singing. He first read a stanza, and then it was sung by all the people; and, thus, the whole hymn was alternately read and sung. The same obstacle to success in Congregational singing was observable here, as at the Scotch Church in the morning — the tunes were too difficult, and the effect of the singing was wretched. We are more and more satisfied that tunes must be made more simple in time, and limited in compass of melody, to insure success in …   more >>

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 163. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448395383674 accessed: 2 February, 2023

location of experience: London

Listeners

Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer
1792-1872

Listening to

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unknown church music

Experience Information

Date/Time early August, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:03:04 +0000
Approved on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:48:39 +0000