Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein et al. in Paris - 5 April, 1802, at night

from Diary of Mary Berry, 5 April 1802, pages 182–183:

In the evening to Madame de Staël. It was a sort of concert. When we arrived, somebody was playing on the pianoforte, and the servant begged we would wait in the outer room till the piece was over. To this we readily consented. The Prince of Orange arriving soon after, the same injunction was put upon him, and we laughingly remonstrated against keeping the Prince of Orange in the antechamber; but the servant stuck to his orders, and the Prince remained very quietly with us, and others who followed till the piece of music was finished, when we all entered together. …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 5 April 1802. In Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 2 (London, 1865), p. 182–183. accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein
political propagandist, salon hostess, woman of letters
Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright
Prince of Orange

Listening to

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an Italian air performed by Pierre-Jean Garat
two French opera arias performed by Pierre-Jean Garat
a vocal duet performed by Chevalier de la Cainea, Pierre-Jean Garat
piano music
vocal music performed by Chevalier de la Cainea

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 April, 1802, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


*A footnote in the text explains that there were two singers by the name of Garat, brothers Pierre-Jean and Joseph Dominique Fabry. It was probably the former (elder) brother to whom Mary Berry alludes, as he appears to have enjoyed a high reputation at Paris as a concert singer. This singer is listed in Grove Online as (Dominique) Pierre (Jean) Garat, 1762–1823.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:43:37 +0000
Approved on Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:45:20 +0000