Charles Burney in Figline Valdarno - August, 1770

from Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy, page 106:

We arrived about 7 in the morning, found the roads and town very full of country people as at a wakes but very few gens comme il faut. Great preparations were making in the great square for the diversions of the evening. At 11 was a great musical performance but not what I expected as to performers - the heat, that of the black hole at Calcutta - such a crowd and such a hive! The music of the mass was really pretty, full of new and elegant passages - there was however but one good singer, Abate Fibietto, a tenor whose voice and taste were charming. He sung a motet with such execution, …   more >>
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Charles Burney, and H. Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy (1969), p. 106. accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Figline Valdarno


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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performance of 'church music'

Experience Information

Date/Time August, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Robert Fraser on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:52:49 +0000