Anna Seward in Lichfield - in the beginning of 1785

from Letter from Anna Seward to Court Dewes, Esq., 27 May 1785, pages 69–70:

Our concerts this winter have been very delightful. Mr Saville’s songs are always exquisite; and his fair pensive Philomel improves in every exertion. Attending frequently to Mr Saville’s manner of instructing his daughter in a song that is new to her, it is curious to observe on what nice touches musical expression depends, and how necessary a feeling heart, and even poetic taste, to enable a professor to teach his pupils to sing with elegance, pathos, and grace.

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Court Dewes, Esq., 27 May 1785. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 1 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 69–70. accessed: 22 April, 2024

location of experience: Lichfield


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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Unspecified vocal music performed by John Saville, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1785
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


'Philomel' is Anna Seward's nickname for John Saville's daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:21:34 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:20:44 +0100