Charles Burney in Naples - 6 November, 1770
from Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy, page 196:
Charles Burney, and H. Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy (1969), p. 196. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1395845932986 accessed: 26 February, 2024
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|performed by Emanuele Barbella
|6 November, 1770
|in the company of others, in private, indoors
Burney was in Naples to collect material for his General History of Music. Among other people he consulted the opera composer Nicola Piccini, mentioned here, whose famous stylistic battle with Gluck in Paris in 1776 was to give rise to a "battle of the pamphlets" to which Burney was to devote considerable space in his History. The soiree recounted here took place in the residence of Lord Fortrose (a Scottish aristocrat and Naples resident who had narrowly missed being the 7th Earl of Fortrose, and who six years later died during a passage to India with the Seaforth Highlanders). Paolo Ortigano, also mentioned here, was a Neapolitan composer and harpsichordist who the following year traveled to London to direct the operas at the King's Theatre in Haymarket.