An unnamed man et al. in Lichfield - early April, 1788, at night
from Letter from Anna Seward to William Hayley, Esq., 17 April 1788, pages 98–99:
That ingenious Being, whom the muses condescended to visit in a saw-pit, the sometime carpenter, now joint-master of a cotton-mill, passed a week here lately; the mornings of which we devoted to poetic studies, and the evenings to the sublime music of Handel, through the energetic tones of Giovanni, and the melting notes of his daughter.
Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to William Hayley, Esq., 17 April 1788. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 2 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 98–99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1535642333970 accessed: 24 September, 2023
Listening tohide composers
unspecified vocal music
written by George Frideric Handel
|performed by John Saville, Mrs Elizabeth Smith|
|Date/Time||early April, 1788, at night|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|
'Giovanni' refers to the tenor John Saville, for many years a lay vicar at Lichfield Cathedral, and a close friend of Anna Seward. His daughter, also an accomplished singer, was Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.