John S Dwight in Boston - the 1800's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 120:


Among the guarantors [of the Boston Jubilees] was the noble, large- hearted Mr. Oliver S. Ditson.


He gave the Jubilees, both in advance and afterward, the benefit of his (let us call it mildly) disapproval. In fact, it was reported that John S. Dwight had spent the week of the first Jubilee at Nahant, where the noise of the cannon fired off to accentuate the rhythm of God Save the Queen (or America, whichever you choose to call it), and the blows on the one hundred anvils (sic/') in the Anvil Chorus from II Trovatore, could not reach his ears and torture him.

cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 120. accessed: 2 December, 2023

location of experience: Boston


Listening to

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God Save the Queen
Il Trovatore
written by Giuseppe Verdi

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:51:00 +0000
Approved on Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:17:50 +0000