Charles Burney in Paris - 13 June, 1770, at night

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, page 12:

At night the Comedie Italienne where there was a Harlequin piece, in which 2 thirds of the characters spoke Italian [...] Carlin the Harlequin wonderfully comic and entertaining - the rest, who sung now and then, but too French for me, Italian airs I could not much relish. [...] One of these pieces was new and meant as a comic opera in all its modern French form of Italian music (that is music composed in all the Italian Stile) to French words: no recitative, all the dialogue and narrative part being spoken, and this piece was as thoroughly d-d as ever piece was here. I used to imagine that…   more >>

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 12. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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comic opera
written by Cocchi, Pergolesi

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 June, 1770, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Fiona Owen on Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:12:10 +0100