Hester Lynch Piozzi - between 1775 and 1799

from Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1 August 1790, pages 778–779:

Triple Time in Musick has to my Ear an Effect like eight Syllable Rhyme in Poetry—adding Grace to light Compositions, but taking away Majesty from Sublimer Thoughts.—Parnell’s Night piece on Death should have been in longer Measure […] and Paesiello has committed the same Folly in that fine Duet beginning Ne’ giorni tuoi felici in his Olimpiade: the Expression gets forced, and while you applaud, you condemn yourself for applauding.

cite as

Hester Lynch Piozzi, Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1 August 1790. In Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Later Mrs. Piozzi) 1776–1809. 2nd ed. , volume 2 (Oxford, 1951), p. 778–779. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1543237044066 accessed: 23 July, 2024


Hester Lynch Piozzi
Writer, Writer

Listening to

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music in triple time
‘Ne giorni tuoi felici’ from Olimpiade
written by Giovanni Paisiello

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1775 and 1799
Medium live


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:57:24 +0000
Approved on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:07:59 +0000