William Gardiner in Grantham - 1789

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 101:

On entering the churchyard, at Grantham, I was gratified on hearing the tones of the organ. To enjoy the true effect of this noble instrument, you should never be within view of it. I presently made my way into the organ loft, where I found a rough fellow, like a Cyclops, working away, at a cramped extemporaneous fugue. When he concluded, I bowed a nod of approbation. He got up, and putting a quid of tobacco into his mouth, asked me to sit down and try the instrument. This I declined, and pressed him to give me another fugue. He was pleased, and instantly knocked out a chromatic one, with …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 101. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433106944473 accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: Grantham


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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an extemporaneous fugue performed by anonymous male
a chromatic fugue performed by anonymous male

Experience Information

Date/Time 1789
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 31 May 2015 22:15:44 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:35:56 +0100