Charles Burney in Venice - 5 August, 1770

from The Present State of Music in France and Italy, page 141:

From thence I went to St Marc's [sic], and heard a mass in music, which was sung by the priests, accompanied by organ only, much in the manner of our full anthems. At St Luke's church I likewise heard part of a mass with instruments; some of the tenor voices here were good, and the airs written and sung with taste; the music was composed by a priest. There was an excellent fugue in the last chorus, well worked and well performed.
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Charles Burney, The Present State of Music in France and Italy (London, 1771), p. 141. accessed: 26 February, 2024

location of experience: Venice


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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Choral and instrumental setting of the Latin mass performed by Voices organ and instruments

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 August, 1770
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The Maestro di Capella of the Basilica of St Mark's at the time was Galuppi, whom Burney was soon to meet. The church had two organs.

Originally submitted by Robert Fraser on Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:32:14 +0100