Lowell Mason in Dresden - early April, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, page 103:

The congregational singing in the Kreuz-Kirche was excellent, that is, excellent congregational singing; but the organ was played with mighty power, and without variation of Piano and Forte. It seemed to support, bind together, and lead the people, who bore a somewhat similar relation to the organ, to that which a large factory wheel does to the water power by which it is moved. It seemed almost to take away from the people voluntariness or free agency, and to compel them onward in their song. It was certainly impossible for any one to commit any overt act of sin against the laws of time …   more >>

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 103. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448315012079 accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: Dresden


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Listening to

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unknown church music

Experience Information

Date/Time early April, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:43:32 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:00:06 +0000