was given by the Handel and Haydn Society, at its semi-centennial, in May, 1865.
Our mother sang alto in the chorus.
The Journal records daily, sometimes semi-daily, rehearsals and performances, Kant
squeezed to the wall, and getting with difficulty his daily hour or half-hour.
's “Hymn of praise” and “Elijah” ; Haydn
's “Creation,” Handel
's “Messiah” and “Israel in Egypt
” ; she sang in them all.
Here is a sample Festival day:--
“Attended morning rehearsal, afternoon concert, and sang in the evening.
We gave ‘Israel in Egypt
’ and Mendelssohn
's ‘Hymn of Praise.’
I got a short reading of Kant
, which helped me through the day. But so much music is more than human nerves can respond to with pleasure.
This confirms my belief in the limited power of our sensibilities in the direction of pure enjoyment.
The singing in the choruses fatigues me less than hearing so many things.”
After describing the glorious final performance of the “Messiah,” she writes:--
“So farewell, delightful Festival!
I little thought what a week of youth was in store for me. For these things carried me back to my early years, and their passion for music.
I remembered the wholeness with which I used to give myself up to the concerts and oratorios in New York, and the intense reaction of melancholy which always followed these occasions.”
And the next day:--
“Still mourning the Festival a little.
If I had kept up my music as I intended, in my early youth, I should ”