excerpt from 'Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Hayley, 19 June 1795' pp. 69–70 (149 words)

excerpt from 'Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Hayley, 19 June 1795' pp. 69–70 (149 words)

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Letter from Anna Seward to Mrs Hayley, 19 June 1795

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The musical opinions expressed in your last [letter] do not coincide with Giovanni’s [John Saville’s] and mine, to whom the chorusses of Handel are dearer than any other species of music. The exhilaration and rapture with which they inspire me are extreme; so is the admiration they excite of the genius and skill of that great master, as the “volant fugue” bursts from every part of the orchestra successively; the leading air supplied, in turn, by the various orders of voices, and sustained by the rich fulness of the inner harmonies.

 Every person here and elsewhere, that I have heard mention K–––, except yourself, pronounce him detestable as an oratorio singer; that his coarse tones, flourishing, and gaudy style of expression, outrage the chaste delicacy of Handel’s softer song, nor less the sacred energies of his bolder strains.

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