Edinburgh Life 100 Years Ago: With an Account of the Fashions and Amusements of Society

9780217140492: Edinburgh Life 100 Years Ago: With an Account of the Fashions and Amusements of Society

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886. Excerpt: ... before saw'or heard of; and their neatness and quickness in the performance of them is incredible. So amazing is their agility, that an Irishman, who was standing by me the other night, could not help exclaiming, in his surprise, "that he never saw children so handy with their feet in all his life." The motion of the feet is indeed the only thing that is considered. I do not know any place in the world where dancing is made so necessary a part of polite education as in Edinburgh. For the number of inhabitants, I suppose there are more dancingmasters than in any other city; who gain large fortunes, though they instruct on very moderate terms, from the number of scholars who constantly attend them. In general they may be said to be very good ones, as well those of their own country as foreigners from most of the polite parts of Europe. Besides minuets and these high dances, they instruct the children in cotillons and allemandes, but not many of them, as they are sensible of their incapability of succeeding. The Concerts. One of the principal entertainments in Edinburgh is a concert, which is supported by subscription, and under the direction of a governor, D deputy governor, treasurer, and five directors, who procure some of the best performers from other countries, and have a weekly concert in an elegant room, which they have built for that purpose, and which is styled St Cecilia's Hall. It is rather too confined, but in every other respect the best accommodated to music of any room I ever was in. The figure of it is elliptical, and the roof is vaulted, and a single instrument is heard in it with the greatest possible advantage. The managers of the concert have a certain number of tickets to distribute to their friends, so that none are admitted but the pe...

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