Richard Church in Holland Park - April, 1933

from The Voyage Home, pages 188-89:

I stopped outside the house next door to that where we had our flat.  It was the home of the London Music Club.  Someone was practising the piano, deft-fingered at the scales.  The delicious stream of sound, in its pulses of eight, made me catch my breath as though I had stooped and put my lips to a cold fountain.

The pianist stopped playing, and I returned to earth.  I was about to move on, when the music began to flow afresh; but now it was a gay movement from one of the Vivaldi concertos transcribed by Bach for the keyboard.  I recognized it at once, and …   more >>

cite as

Richard Church, The Voyage Home (London, 1964), p. 188-89. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Holland Park


Richard Church
editor, Civil service, Novelist, Poet […]

Listening to

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scales performed by Not specified
Vivaldi Concerto
written by Vivaldi transcribed by Bach
performed by Not specified

Experience Information

Date/Time April, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, in public, solitary


Richard Church hears this music on returning home after his last morning of work for the Civil Service.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:11:50 +0000
Approved on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:13:27 +0100