Anna Seward in Birmingham - September, 1802, in the morning

from Letter from Anna Seward to Thomas Park, Esq., 27 September 1802, pages 45–49:

I came home for one day on Sunday se’ennight, but took wing on the next, allured by a grand harmonic festival at Birmingham;—by the opportunity it afforded me of observing how Haydn had shot in the strong bow of Handel; in being able to compare his emulative powers closely, by listening to the Creation one morning, the Messiah the next. Shall I presume to speak to you of my resulting conviction? 

By the overture to the Creation I was charmed. The subject is so happy; the imitative harmony so inevitably suggested itself, that a …   more >>

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Thomas Park, Esq., 27 September 1802. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 6 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 45–49. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Birmingham


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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The Creation
written by Joseph Haydn
written by George Frideric Handel

Experience Information

Date/Time September, 1802, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:41:18 +0100
Approved on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:06:29 +0100