Anna Seward - between late 18th Century and early 19th Century

from Letter from Anna Seward to Edward Jerningham, Esq., 23 February 1801, pages 361–364:

What you tell me about the exclusion of compositions by English masters from the high-life concerts, only proves that the same infatuation prevails in that science amongst our great people, as in poetry amongst our academicians. It is the English mania to prefer the productions of foreigners to those of our own country. I see you are not acquainted with the beautiful compositions in music, which exist for the honour of England. You have had no opportunity of hearing them, banished as they dully are from the fashionable concerts. So was Shakespeare banished our stage from …   more >>

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Edward Jerningham, Esq., 23 February 1801. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 5 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 361–364. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1535811366352 accessed: 24 October, 2021

Listeners

Anna Seward
Poet, Writer
1742-1809

Experience Information

Date/Time between late 18th Century and early 19th Century

Notes

Anna Seward reflects on the tastes of contemporary audiences and concert promoters, and recalls music that she has enjoyed in the past.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:16:07 +0100
Approved on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:58:13 +0100