Charles Burney in Milan Cathedral - 18 July, 1770, 11:00 AM

from Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy, page 47:

This morning I heard the whole service after the Ambrosian manner, was introduced to the Maestra di Capella, Signor Jean Andre Fioroni, who invited me into the orchestra, shewed me the service they were to sing printed on wood in four parts, separate, cantus-altus-tenor-bassus - out of which after the tone was given by the organist Signor Jean Corbeli they all sung, namely 1 boy, 3 castrati, 2 tenors and 2 basses, under the direction of the Maestro di Capella, without the organ. He beat the time, though there were no bars: the music by Signor [illegible in original MS] who was Maestro di …   more >>
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Charles Burney, and H. Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy (1969), p. 47. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Milan Cathedral


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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Plainchant performed by Voices

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 July, 1770, 11:00 AM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Burney was in Milan to research the Ambrosian chant for his General History of Music. He accessed manuscripts in the Ambrosian Library, and heard the chant itself in the Duomo.

Originally submitted by Robert Fraser on Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:38:42 +0000