Jane Austen’s niece Caroline, who was 12 when Austen died, wrote more than 50 years later of three songs she remembered her aunt singing towards the end of her short life, at a time when she ‘had nearly left off singing’.
One of Caroline’s cousins added a fourth song, the memory of which ‘half a century had no power to efface’.
This illustrated presentation will put these songs in the context of Austen’s life and her music collection.
GILLIAN DOOLEY researches various literary and historical topics, often focusing on music in Jane Austen’s novels and her world.
She recently completed a catalogue of the surviving Austen family music collections, and her book SHE PLAYED AND SANG: Jane Austen and Music is due out in 2024.
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This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust.
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