Monticello Music Pillow

Monticello Music Pillow

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Jefferson was an accomplished amateur violinist and an avid concertgoer who once declared music as "the favorite passion of my soul." Describing his own country as being in a state of “deplorable barbarism” regarding quality of music, Jefferson was always looking to increase and enhance the music played in and around his home. Jefferson owned several fiddles, a cello, pianoforte, harpsichords, and a cittern guitar, all of which were in constant use at his estate.

This cushy, reversible pillow is perfect for any music lover, featuring two of Jefferson’s observations about music on either side. Cream cotton velvet with black embroidered text and notes. Polyfill insert. 8”x12”.

Thomas Jefferson and Music

Music was the love of Thomas Jefferson’s youth, companion in his middle years, and comfort in his old age. He hailed music as the “favorite passion of my soul,” but lamented the uneducated ears of his fellow countrymen, whom he considered in 1778 to be in a musical state of “deplorable barbarism.”

Jefferson devoted his musical talents to the violin—the king of instruments in his time—and practiced for three hours a day from 1764 to 1776. Although he never played professionally, he did perform for a time with Francis Fauquier, the governor of Virginia in the 1760’s.

For Jefferson, music could both release tension and unite family. The sage of Monticello spent many happy hours in the parlor accompanying his daughters and granddaughters, who played harpsichord and piano, on works by Hayden, Vivaldi and other favorite composers. At the age of seventy-four, Jefferson wrote that “music furnishes a delightful recreation for the hours of respite from the cares of the day, and lasts through life.”

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We will wrap your gift in white gift paper, trimmed with red Jefferson signature ribbon and a bow, and include a hand written gift message. The charge is $6.95 per item.

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