Thomas Ryan in Boston - the 1800's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 77:


Like most societies of the period, the Handel and Haydn was composed of both instrumental and vocal members. Amateur players comprised about two thirds, and professionals one third, of the orchestra. The professionals were engaged to “ help out.” We were paid the modest sum of two dollars for each evening, whether concert or rehearsal, every Sunday through the season. It was an invaluable apprenticeship. I believe that musicians of the present day, who do not have the slow building-up through the regular performance of …   more >>

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Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 77. accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Thomas Ryan

Listening to

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written by Felix Mendelssohn, George Frideric Handel, Haydn, Mozart
performed by Handel and Haydn Society Boston

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:56:48 +0000
Approved on Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:37:29 +0000