Mary Berry in Capodimonte, Naples - 27 April, 1823

from Diary of Mary Berry, 27 April 1823 , pages 337–338:

Took a walk in a green avenue of Capo da Monti, which led us to a farm, called in this country una Massena, where male and female peasants, in their Sunday clothes (it was a pity they were not cleaner), were amusing themselves at the door. Three young girls at our request began dancing the Tarentella (sic), and their grandmother—an old woman, but quite fresh, with all her fine teeth still in her mouth—played upon the tambourine, animating them from time to time in singing, or rather screaming, the air which she was playing. I never saw a scene more Arcadian.

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 27 April 1823 . In Lady Theresa Lewis, Lady Theresa Lewis and Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 3 (London, 1865), p. 337–338. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Capodimonte, Naples


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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music to accompany a tarantella performed by a Neapolitan peasant

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 April, 1823
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:07:08 +0000
Approved on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:53:40 +0000