Anecdotes of Music, Historical and Biographical: In a Series of Letters from a Gentleman to His Daughter, Volume 3

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814

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Página 241 - ... diapasons, which stole on the ear in a slow and solemn progression; the harmony close wrought, and as full as could possibly be expressed; the passages concatenated with stupendous art; the whole at the same time being perfectly intelligible, and carrying the appearance of great simplicity. This kind of prelude was succeeded by the concerto itself, which he executed with a degree of spirit and firmness that no one ever pretended to equal.
Página 19 - Peterborough endeavoured to convince her of his partial regard for her; but, agreeable and artful as he was, she remained very much upon her guard, which rather increased than diminished his admiration and passion for her. Yet still his pride struggled with his inclination ; for all this time she was engaged to sing in public, .a circumstance very grievous to her...
Página 74 - NB There will be no acting on the stage, but the house will be fitted up in a decent manner, for the audience.
Página 8 - I must confess I would allow it no better quarter than Plato has done, who banishes it out of his commonwealth. At present our notions of music are so very uncertain, that we do not know what it is we like; only, in general, we are transported with any thing that is not English : so it be of a foreign growth, let it be Italian, French, or High Dutch, it is the same thing. In short, our English music is quite rooted out, and nothing yet planted in its stead.
Página 94 - I want is inestimable, and only fit for monarchs; but since I have had the honour to work for a person of whom every one speaks with rapture, all the payment I shall ever require will be a song.
Página 10 - Hear, all ye beaux and wits, Musicians, poets, 'squires, and cits, All, who in town or country dwell ! Say, can you tale or tidings tell Of Tortorella's hasty flight ? Why in new groves she takes delight, And if in concert, or alone, The cooing murmurer makes her moan ? Now learn the marks, by which you may Trace out and stop the lovely stray ! Some wit, more folly, and no care, Thoughtless her conduct, free her air ; Gay, scornful, sober, indiscreet, In whom all contradictions meet ; Civil, affronting,...
Página 230 - in hopes, he said, of meeting his Good God, his sweet Lord and Saviour on the day of his resurrection,' meaning the third day, or the Easter Sunday following.
Página 76 - There will be no action on the stage, but the scene will represent, in a picturesque manner, a rural prospect, with rocks, groves, fountains, and grottoes, amongst which will be disposed a chorus of nymphs and shepherds ; the habits, and every other decoration, suited to the subject.
Página 36 - With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds.
Página 66 - Our English audience have been for some time returning to their cattish nature, of which some particular sounds from the gallery have given us sufficient warning. And since they have so openly declared themselves, I must only desire that they will not think they can put on the fine woman again just when they please, but content themselves with their skill in caterwauling.

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