Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pemberley Ball - Music room

Jane Austen Entertains:
Music from her own library

Those not inclined to dancing have retired to the music room in favor of their own entertainment. Yes, handsome bachelors are in this small crowd admiring and listening to various tunes presented by accomplished young ladies.

If you are in this room, would you:

- venture to the pianoforte to play a piece

- dazzle everyone with your exquisite voice

- select another instrument to perform passionately (pray, tell us what instrument?)

- or other?

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This CD.

Artists: Sara Stowe, Jenny Thomas, Martin Souter
Composers: Ignace Pleyel, Johann Sterkel, and others

Description from the amazon (audio samples available):
Jane Austen Entertains.

Music from her own library.

Aunt Jane began her day with music - for which I conclude she had a natural taste; as she thus kept it up - 'tho she had no one to teach; was never induced (as I have heard) to play in company; and none of her family cared much for it. I suppose, that she might not trouble them, she chose her practicing time before breakfast - when she could have the room to herself - She practiced regularly every morning - She played very pretty tunes, I thought - and I liked to stand by her and listen to them; but the music (for I knew the books well in after years) would now be thought disgracefully easy - Much that she played from was manuscript, copied out by herself - and so neatly and correctly, that it was as easy to read as print.

From the Memoirs of Jane Austen's niece Caroline, 1867.

Her manuscripts survive, and this programme is drawn from them: a mixture of the light and fashionable music of the day for flute, voice and piano.

This recording took place in the drawing room at Chawton, so we can be confident that the effect of the music, using a piano similar to the one that Jane owned, cannot be so different from that experienced by Jane and her family themselves. We hope that you enjoy listening - and that, if you have not already done so, you will be prompted to visit Jane Austen's house in Chawton and see and hear for yourself where the great authoress lived, worked and made music.

Miss Sara Stowe, soprano.
Miss Jenny Thomas, German flute.
With Dr Martin Souter, pianoforte.

With special thanks to Tom Carpenter and The Jane Austen Memorial Trust

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  1. I am sorry apologetic for having arrived late to the ball...We had a heavy snow coming back from our lunch.

    I would definitely be a wallflower on this one. I played the flute a short while, no if this were a karaoke room...I'd be the center of the party!

    hmsgofita at hotmail dot com

  2. If asked, I would play the piano, I would definitely not volunteer to be first and would be perfectly happy to listen to the other ladies make exhibitions of themselves. I have heard that Mary Bennet is quite the talented pianist... do you think we will be fortunate enough to hear her play?

    Miss Elizabeth

  3. I do so love to watch and hear music. And too, it is amusing to see which ladies manage to capture beaus.
    -Lady Vee

  4. I would definitely volunteer to play the Mozart flute concerto in G major. It's one of my favorite pieces written for flute. I have been working on it for a while and I am eager to hear what others think of my interpretation of the piece.

    Lisette Fortescue

  5. I would just probably listen others playing. I can play piano a bit but it is not that beautiful so I probably wouldn't play in front of other people.

  6. I would venture to the pianoforte to play a piece, but only if I was sure most people wouldn't be paying attention :)

    akaleistar (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. In this virtual world, I would be the harpist on the cd cover, because I think she is missing on the cd?

    ps my blog will serve as my mail box, hope you agree with that, I would love to hear this cd IRL, please enter me in this give away.


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