Masses, Hymns, and Symphonies: Symonds’ Life in Music

Interior of St. James' Concert Hall in London, 1858

John Addington Symonds pointedly states in his Memoirs, “I never really enjoy a cathedral without music” (288). This testimonial is supported by his subtle nods of appreciation for music throughout his writing, starting with his earliest recollections and vivid descriptions of church hymns from his childhood. He might have extended this declaration of musical appreciation … Continue reading Masses, Hymns, and Symphonies: Symonds’ Life in Music