Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot in Granada
As to the Zarzuela (opera comique) ... music generally imported, becomes, by an easy process, Spanish at the frontier. I was informed the other night, that `La prova di un opera seria,' called here `Campanone' was Spanish, and (oh shade of Rossini!) that the `Barber of Seville' was Spanish music arranged by an Italian! And (en parenthèse) what a treat to listen to these thrilling Italian notes, and that true voice of melody in which they speak, after the inanities to which I have been accustomed by national composers, ignorant of what true music means.
Memoir of Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot, Chapter 14. In Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot, Diary of an Idle Woman in Spain, p. 258. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1378303657 accessed: 19 January, 2022 (British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950)
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