William Beatty-Kingston in Spain - the 1860's

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 385-386:

On the whole, after living nearly a year in Spain, I came to the conclusion that Spanish musical audiences were amongst the most enthusiastic I had ever encountered; but, as a rule, only when the music of their predilection — every phrase of which lends itself to the practice of the sister-art, dancing — constitutes the entertainment provided for them. I have seen them sit, frigid and silent, through excellent operatic performances ; and for classical compositions they have neither inclination nor patience. In the national zarzuela...they …   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 385-386. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1452014077333 accessed: 20 May, 2022

location of experience: Spain

Listeners

William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation
1837-1900

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1860's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:14:37 +0000
Approved on Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:52:07 +0000