Charles Burney in King's Lynn - September, 1751

from Letter from Charles Burney to Mrs Burney, 30th September 1751, page 330:

The Organ is Execrably bad, out of an hundred and fifty that I suppose there are in London, I dare say there is no One so bad. & Add to that a Total Ignorance of the most known & Common Musicall Merits that runs thro' the Whole Body of People I have yet Convers'd with, Even Sr J: who is the Oracle of Apollo in this Country is extreamly Shallow, I say the bad Organ & the Ignorance of My Auditors must totally extinguish the few Sparks of Genius for Composition I may have, & entirely Execute a Meritorious tho' Difficult Piece of Music, be repaid if like Orpheus I am to Perform to Stocks & Trees. …   more >>
cite as

Charles Burney, Letter from Charles Burney to Mrs Burney, 30th September 1751. In Charles Burney, and Alvaro Ribeiro (ed.), The letters of Dr Charles Burney, volume 1 (Oxford, 1991), p. 330. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: King's Lynn


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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organ music
written by Antonio Vivaldi

Experience Information

Date/Time September, 1751
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Charlotte on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:48:28 +0100