Men of genius averse to music. The following men of genius were
actually averse to music: Edmund Burke; Byron had no ear for music, and
neither vocal nor instrumental music afforded him the slightest
pleasure. Charles Fox, Hume, Dr. Johnson, Daniel O'Connell, Robert
Peel, William Pitt; Pope preferred a street organ to Handel's
oratorios; the poet Rogers felt actual discomfort at the sounds of
music; Sir Walter Scott, the poet Southey, and Tennyson. Seven of these
twelve were actually poets, and five were orators. The Princess
Mathilde (Demidoff), an excellent artist, with a veritable passion for
art, may be added to those who have had a real antipathy to music.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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