Lowell Mason in Grote Kerk, Haarlem - in the beginning of 1853

from Musical letters from Abroad, pages 303-4:

There was a large congregation the Sabbath we were in Haarlem, and all united in great earnestness in the psalms. The movement was very slow — very nearly twice as slow as it is common to sing the Old Hundredth in our American churches, so that the time was easily described by counting four to each note, or eight in a double measure. No leading voice was heard; the organ alone seemed to lead, and yet the singing and the playing were so nearly together that no unpleasant effect was produced. It is always better that the organ should lead, than that a single voice should be heard ahead …   more >>

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Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 303-4. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1462038250768 accessed: 27 February, 2024

location of experience: Grote Kerk, Haarlem


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Listening to

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unspecified church music

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1853
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:44:11 +0100
Approved on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:13:13 +0000