Mary Berry in Caffarelli Palace, Rome - 30 March, 1821

from Diary of Mary Berry, 30 March 1821, page 296:

At eight o'clock in the evening went to the Ancient Music, of which a society here has given three subscription concerts at the Palais Caffarelli. The Palace is placed almost upon the Tarpeian rock at the capitol, and, consequently, not of easy access for carriages. The music consisted of a chorus by Palestrina (music of 1546) and other masters rather later; it was sung by the choir of the Pope’s Chapel in the greatest perfection, but it was all in chorus—no airs sung solo, no variety, no melody to my ignorant ears; so that it afforded me but little pleasure, …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 30 March 1821. In Lady Theresa Lewis, Lady Theresa Lewis and Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 3 (London, 1865), p. 296. accessed: 1 February, 2023

location of experience: Caffarelli Palace, Rome


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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choral music
written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and later composers
performed by choir of the Pope's Chapel

Experience Information

Date/Time 30 March, 1821
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:32:18 +0000
Approved on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:39:55 +0000