William Gardiner in Edinburgh - early 19th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 772-3:

The form of the service is precisely that of the old Presbyterians in England, in all respects the opposite to that of the episcopal church. The music, I ought to say singing, was execrable ; the first tune was begun by the clerk alone, the congregation falling in at the second line. All sorts of voices and sounds were blended together in unparalleled dissonance. The tune was Milton, in the key of G, and at the end of each line the tune fell a quarter of a note, so that by the time they drawled it out to the end of the verse, it had sunk to E flat.

cite as

William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 772-3. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435608768292 accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Edinburgh


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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Presbyterian service

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:12:48 +0100
Approved on Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:20:49 +0100