Henry Matthews in Paris - May, 1819

from The Diary of an invalid, being the journal of a tour... in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and France, 1817-1819, page 460:

 

The French Opera is the most splendid theatre in Paris; but protect me from French singing!—especially if it be serious singing. Arthur Young, in speaking of French singing, describes it as "the distortions of embodied dissonance," and Rousseau inveighs against the "lamentable chant Français" as bearing more resemblance "aux cris de la colique qu'aux transports des …   more >>

cite as

Henry Matthews, The Diary of an invalid, being the journal of a tour... in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and France, 1817-1819, volume 5th edition (London, 1835), p. 460. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1518784574247 accessed: 10 April, 2020

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Henry Matthews
Judge, travel writer
1789-1828

Listening to

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French comic opera
written by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry
French opera singing

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1819
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:36:14 +0000
Approved on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:58:22 +0100