A Delightful Recreation: The Music of Thomas Jefferson
The selection of music presented here re-creates Jefferson's Williamsburg entertainments and gives the listener a sample of his musical experience. Recorded in the Governor's Palace ballroom, this recording captures the spirit of the times of Jefferson.
As a frequent visitor to the Raleigh Tavern and the Capitol, Jefferson heard subscription concerts and danced at the balls and assemblies. For Jefferson, music was a "delightful recreation" and a "companion which [could] sweeten many hours." While his personal involvement with musical performance declined sharply after 1780, his interest in this particular fine art persisted in his activities as an enthusiastic parent, grandfather, and president.