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A Wicked Voice (short story)

  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 38 pages

A Wicked Voice is a 1887 short story by notable author Violet Paget. - AsNotedIn

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  • Christoph Willibald Gluck, and defrauding the world of the only inspiration worthy of Sophocles and Euripides, the poetry of the great poet Gluck?
  • George Frederick Handel, O execrable art of singing, have you not wrought mischief enough in the past, degrading so much noble genius, corrupting the purity of Mozart, reducing Handel to a writer of high-class singing-exercises....
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, returned boldly to the traditions of Handel and Gluck and the divine Mozart, to the supremacy of melody and the respect of the human voice.

  • Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice Outside, in the blue haze of the moon, the church and belfry of St George loomed blue and hazy, with the black hull and rigging, the red lights, of a large steamer moored before them.
  • Euganean Hills, Veneto, The blue cones of the Euganean hills closing in the green shimmer of plain outside the window.
  • Grand Canal, Venice I was disturbed at my piano by the hoarse voices and the scraping of violins which rose from one of those music-boats that station at night under the hotels of the Grand Canal.
  • Padua, Veneto The next day found me at Padua, on my way to the Villa of Mistra. It seemed as if I had left an intolerable burden behind me.
  • Piazza San Marco, Venice In the larger of the two squares the military band was blaring through the last spirals of a crescendo of Rossini. The crowd was dispersing in this great open-air ballroom, and the sounds arose which invariably follow upon out-of-door music.
  • St Anthony Basilica, Padova, Padua My good spirits were heightened by a musical mass which I had the good fortune to hear at St Anthony's.
  • Venice, Veneto It was a breathless evening under the full moon, that implacable full moon beneath which, even more than beneath the dreamy splendor of noon-tide, Venice seemed to swelter in the midst of the waters, exhaling, like some great lily, mysterious influences,


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1887/00/00 Vernon Lee Author "A Wicked Voice" by Vernon Lee is published.

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Particulars for A Wicked Voice (short story):
Occupation Composer
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Boat Type Gondola a light flat-bottomed boat used on Venetian canals, having a high point at each end and worked by one oar at the stern
musical instrument Harpsichord keyboard instrument in which the strings are plucked, rather than hit with a hammer like in a piano
Cultural Affiliation Italian Villa life style at a large country house with extensive grounds in Italy
Disease Malaria, Roman fever mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, causing fever, chills, and flu-like illness, formerly prevalent in Campagna and in Rome, attributed to mala aria - Italian for 'bad air'
atmosphere Miasma a highly unpleasant smell or vapor, for centuries thought to be the source of contagious diseases
Natural Moonlight, moonbeam light reflected by the moon
Area Of Significance Music
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Art Type Opera a dramatic work in one or more acts, set to classical music for singers and instrumentalists
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction
Occupation Vocalist

Original Language: English

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