Anna Seward in Manchester - September, 1785

from Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Cotton, 27 October 1785, page 89:

It was at Manchester that I beheld, for the first time, the new-risen star of the harmonic world, Mara. Her fires are very dazzling, it must be confessed. She has, however, some harsh notes in the lower part of her voice, when she throws it out fortissimo; and the excursive cadences she uses are too gay ornaments for the mourning robes of Handel’s solemn songs. 

Her Italian pathetic songs are enchanting;—her bravura ones stupendous;—but those violent efforts, though miraculously successful, were as unpleasing to my ear, as …   more >>

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Cotton, 27 October 1785. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 1 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 89. accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: Manchester


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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Vocal music
written by George Frideric Handel, Italian composers
performed by Gertrud Elisabeth Mara

Experience Information

Date/Time September, 1785
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:06:16 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:31:38 +0100