Anna Seward in Westminster Abbey - late 18th Century
from Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston, 9 April 1790, page 15:
You expect to be charmed by the Abbey music, and charmed you will be; but the choruses are its great fort; there is an inevitable air of meagre contrast to them in the songs. No single human voice can sufficiently fill a space so immense, or appear, after the chorusses, more than as a gurgling rill near the falls of Niagara.
Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston, 9 April 1790. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 3 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 15. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1535703879416 accessed: 24 October, 2021
Listening tohide composers
|Choruses and songs|
|Date/Time||late 18th Century|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Anna Seward recalls her experience of hearing vocal music performed in Westminster Abbey.