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Hall, there to hear Alboni, Powell having given me a ticket.
The great hall was very full;   the pieces selected chiefly from
modern composers, Donizetti, Rossini, Auber &c.   Two male
singers, Rovere & Sangiovanni, & Alboni formed the attractions of
the night;   an opera chorus accompanying.   Alboni is a fat comely
woman with a handsome Italian face.   But how shall I speak of
her most delectable, rich, sweet voice;   the most exquisite one I
have ever chanced to hear.        The fulness, the luscious melody of
her lower notes are indescribable.   Old Crashaw who described the
contest twixt musician & nightingale might have done it.  Let him
help me [word crossed out] doing faint justice to the voluptuous delight of Marietta
Alboni s                                      lubric throat
                           The panting murmurs still d out of her breast,
                           That ever-bubbling spring, the sugar d nest
                            Of her delicious soul, that there does lie
                            Bathing in streams of liquid melody. 
  That  Ah non guinge   from Somnambula,   wouldn t the
Composer have fallen in love with Alboni could he have heard her
sing it.  The heaven-on-earth rapture of the village girl   so happy
in her love & lover, so deliciously given!     /                Either the
crowd who rave of Jenny Lind just go as sheep do, sans reflection,
or I ve some defect in my musical organization,   for to my mind
I prefer Alboni.          I m somewhat loth to think it, but I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page forty-one
Description:Describes hearing Marietta Alboni sing at Metropolitan Hall.
Date:1852-09-14
Subject:Alboni, Marietta; Concerts; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lind, Jenny; Poetry; Powell, Thomas; Rovere; Sangiovanni; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.