Thomas Ryan in Boston - the 1840's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 17:


We had also visits from ballet companies, at that time very much in vogue. It would doubtless be a strange entertainment for the present age. Imagine people being now asked to spend two or three hours witnessing a play in “ dumb show ” ; though good pantomimic action, artistic dancing, fine scenery, and the best of instrumental music were given. Apropos, I may be allowed to state that the best composers of the period—mostly French —wrote good ballets; notably Les Wilis, by Adolphe Adam, composer of Le Postilion de Longjumeau, Le Chalet, and many other operas.

cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 17. accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Thomas Ryan

Listening to

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Ballet music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1840's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:40:34 +0000
Approved on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:56:37 +0100