Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts and pay fiddlers to play to you; but I insist on your neither piping nor fiddling yourself. It puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light.... Few things would mortify me more than to see you bearing a part in a concert, with a fiddle under your chin, or a pipe in your mouth.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 19, 1749, Letters Written by the Late Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. II, p. 154, London (1774).

Chesterfield's views on the ungentlemanliness of playing a musical instrument were at odds with those of many of the younger generation; Philip, at seventeen, had friends in Rome, such as Lord Bruce and Lord Charlemont, who were amateur musicians, and the King of Prussia, Frederick the Great, to whom Philip had been introduced, was an accomplished flutist. In Rome, unknown to his father, Philip met and fell in love with Eugenia Pieters, who charmed him with her singing and harpsichord playing. He later married her, again without his father's knowledge.
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