In the following sentences, the word "taste" is used in relation to music or to playing the piano. I am not at all acquainted with the piano jargon, so I'm not sure if taste has the same meaning in all of the sentences.
1. "There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true
enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste."
2."Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practised more, and
could have the advantage of a London master. She has a very good notion
of fingering, though her taste is not equal to Anne’s."
3. "Lady Catherine continued her remarks on Elizabeth’s performance,
mixing with them many instructions on execution and taste."
all in Pride and Prejudice
Thank you in advance for any help.
Thank you very much for your explanations!
However, I don't really understand how can a person instruct another on "taste" (eg. 3). Isn't it a personal matter? :S
You can be trained in aesthetic appreciation - you learn what makes an artwork pleasing and well-designed. Some people have a natural ability to do this, but many have to learn it. In Jane Austen's day, educated people were taught how to appreciate the arts.
However, you are also right in that each person has an individual taste in art or music.
'My taste in music is very wide. Sometimes I listen to Bach, and sometimes to the Beatles.'
'The Beatles? What rubbish! You have no taste.'
The first taste refers to a preference. The second taste refers to the cultural expectations of the speaker.