William Beatty-Kingston in Bucharest - mid 19th Century

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, page 196:

It is a favourite amusement of the more emancipate young Boyars and Boyarins to drive out to one or other of these gradine between ten P.M. and midnight, after the theatre, and partake of "champagne and a chicken at last" in a vine-clad arbour or, if the weather be chilly, in a snug little wooden chalet whilst swarthy songsters chant wild national legends of robbers, sprites, and giants, or interpret, with most musical voices and admirable expression, Basil Alecsandri's tender and passionate lays.

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 2 (London, 1887), p. 196. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1452086051647 accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: Bucharest


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation

Listening to

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Romanian folk song

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:14:11 +0000
Approved on Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:38:32 +0000