Anna Seward in Westminster Abbey - late 18th Century

from Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston, 9 April 1790, page 15:

You expect to be charmed by the Abbey music, and charmed you will be; but the choruses are its great fort; there is an inevitable air of meagre contrast to them in the songs. No single human voice can sufficiently fill a space so immense, or appear, after the chorusses, more than as a gurgling rill near the falls of Niagara.

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Sophia Weston, 9 April 1790. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 3 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 15. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Westminster Abbey


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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Choruses and songs

Experience Information

Date/Time late 18th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Anna Seward recalls her experience of hearing vocal music performed in Westminster Abbey.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:24:42 +0100
Approved on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:00:39 +0100