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THERE WOMEN BETOVEN? III

Barok -special historical curiosity are the Venetian Ospedale, institutions that have been a little of everything – and orphanages and conservatories, and hospitals, and monasteries – which are a special attraction for globetrotters were their all-girl orchestra, which was a practice that was not known elsewhere at the time. In 1780, William Beckford, one of the onlookers who attended one of their concerts, he wrote: “The scene of this orchestra we still puts a smile. It is made up entirely of females, and there is nothing stranger than seeing the delicate white hand that travels around the huge contrabass, or a pair of pink cheeks blowing, with all the strength in the horn. “Women’s Choir has been described as a far less ridiculous, and far more attractive. Jean Jacques Rousseau, who had the opportunity to listen to their concerts during their stay in Venice, described his delight in his memoirs: “The music that is far superior, in my opinion, music, opera, and which nowhere else in Italy, and perhaps even in the world, has no equal, is the music of the” scuole “… I know of no what else can approach the luxuries of this music, the richness of their skills, extraordinary taste vocal sections, precision performance … “Unfortunately, Rousseau was met with a terrible obstacle in admiration for these artists – one during his concerts were completely hidden from the eyes of the audience, in accordance with the rules ospedalea which sought to preserve their modesty. However, after a large (and, no doubt, annoying) resistance, Ruso received permission to meet the mysterious singer, but his joy was short-lived, “when entering the salon, where were all these beauties I so longed to see , I felt a tremor of love as they have never felt before. Mr. Le Blond presented to me one after another, the famous singer … – “Come, Sofia” – it was horrible. – “Come, Kate” – had only one eye. – “Come, Betina” – smallpox was completely disfigured. All had some defect. “Described by tourists as alternately alluring and untouchable, scandalous and angelic, reputation ward Ospedale share many things with the reputation of another Venetian whose talents transpired throughout Europe – a courtesan. At first glance incomprehensible, the situation becomes clearer when objectively see how much these two classes of women have in common: a broad general education, high knowledge of music and other arts, financial independence and a very enthusiastic audience Le Blond presented to me one after another, the famous singer … – “Come, Sofia” – it was horrible. – “Come, Kate” – had only one eye. – “Come, Betina” – smallpox was completely disfigured. All had some defect. “Described by tourists as alternately alluring and untouchable, scandalous and angelic, reputation ward Ospedale share many things with the reputation of another Venetian whose talents transpired throughout Europe – a courtesan. At first glance incomprehensible, the situation becomes clearer when objectively see how much these two classes of women have in common: a broad general education, high knowledge of music and other arts, financial independence and a very enthusiastic audience Le Blond presented to me one after another, the famous singer … – “Come, Sofia” – it was horrible. – “Come, Kate” – had only one eye. – “Come, Betina” – smallpox was completely disfigured. All had some defect. “Described by tourists as alternately alluring and untouchable, scandalous and angelic, reputation ward Ospedale share many things with the reputation of another Venetian whose talents transpired throughout Europe – a courtesan. At first glance incomprehensible, the situation becomes clearer when objectively see how much these two classes of women have in common: a broad general education, high knowledge of music and other arts, financial independence and a very enthusiastic audience Betina “- smallpox was completely disfigured. All had some defect. “Described by tourists as alternately alluring and untouchable, scandalous and angelic, reputation ward Ospedale share many things with the reputation of another Venetian whose talents transpired throughout Europe – a courtesan. At first glance incomprehensible, the situation becomes clearer when objectively see how much these two classes of women have in common: a broad general education, high knowledge of music and other arts, financial independence and a very enthusiastic audience Betina “- smallpox was completely disfigured. All had some defect. “Described by tourists as alternately alluring and untouchable, scandalous and angelic, reputation ward Ospedale share many things with the reputation of another Venetian whose talents transpired throughout Europe – a courtesan. At first glance incomprehensible, the situation becomes clearer when objectively see how much these two classes of women have in common: a broad general education, high knowledge of music and other arts, financial independence and a very enthusiastic audience

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