Thomas Holcroft in Beaumont Street, London - 8 July, 1798

from Memoirs of the Late Thomas Holcroft: Written by Himself; and Continued to the Time of His Death, page 264:

Read Boswell’s Life of Johnson; practised a little music. Purcel (sic), a flowing, impassioned composer—his harmonies original, yet natural; and his melodies the best of his day. Is it true, as Boswell affirms, that Corelli came to England to visit him, and that Purcel  (sic) being dead, Corelli immediately returned? 

cite as

Thomas Holcroft, and William Hazlitt (ed.), Memoirs of the Late Thomas Holcroft: Written by Himself; and Continued to the Time of His Death, volume 2 (London, 1816), p. 264. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1656604169543 accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: Beaumont Street, London

Listeners

Thomas Holcroft
actor, apprentice shoemaker, lyricist, Playwright […]
1745-1809

Listening to

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Unspecified music
written by Henry Purcell
performed by Thomas Holcroft

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 July, 1798
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Notes

Holcroft most likely practiced the violin. He notes early in his memoir ‘I must have been around five years old, when [my father] put me under the tuition of a player on the violin, who was a public performer of some repute […] I had an uncommon aptitude for the art I had been put to learn […] I was a prodigy’ (vol. 1, pp. 7-8). Severe poverty befell the family around this time and Holcroft could not pursue a musical career as he had hoped to do.


Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:49:29 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jul 2022 11:50:04 +0100