Thomas Ryan in Boston - the 1800's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 19:

 

 

 

 I must not omit one historic fact, namely, —theatres in Boston were not allowed to give dramatic or operatic performances on Saturdays (too near Sunday !), and that gave us musicians our freedom; hence the custom of devoting Saturdays to society concerts. I recall another fact: several churches did not have organs, so they called in the assistance of the “ devil’s instruments ”—fiddles and cornets—to help the singers.…   more >>

 I must not omit one historic fact, namely, —theatres in Boston were not allowed to give dramatic or operatic performances on Saturdays (too near Sunday !), and that gave us musicians our freedom; hence the custom of devoting Saturdays to society concerts. I recall another fact: several churches did not have organs, so they called in the assistance of the “ devil’s instruments ”—fiddles and cornets—to help the singers. I played the clarinet for two years in Father Streeter’s church on Hanover Street. …   more >>

cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1449565237768 accessed: 29 July, 2021

location of experience: Boston

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Thomas Ryan
Musician
1827-1903

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Orchestral performed by Thomas Ryan

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1800's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:00:38 +0000
Approved on Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:10:36 +0000