By MICHAEL CAINES
May 17, 1799: Samuel Taylor Coleridge reports back to his wife on his travels through Germany. He has passed through a village where Whitsun Tuesday was being celebrated with dancing around the maypole on the village green, leading him to remind her: "I am no judge of music". The musicians themselves, however, are another matter. "The fiddlers! - above all the bass-violer - most Hogarthian phizzes! God love them!"