Mary Berry in St Peter's, Rome - 18 May, 1823

from Diary of Mary Berry, 18 May 1823, pages 338–339:

Paid farewell visits, and later to St. Peter’s. It was Whit-Sunday, and there was an enormous crowd; we went up into the small gallery. It was from the orchestra I heard that delicious sacred music that I so much enjoy, which always elevates and calms the soul, and which I prefer to all the operas in the world. It is true that the music in the Pope’s Chapel is always chosen from the finest compositions of the best masters. I heard this music for the last time, and as I came out I felt very sad.

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 18 May 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. 338–339. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: St Peter's, Rome


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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sacred music performed by musicians of the Pope's Chapel

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 May, 1823
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:19:17 +0000
Approved on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:54:17 +0000