Charles Burney in Florence - September, 1770
To draw to one point what I have seen and heard at Florence [...] As to modern music, Signor Nardini, Signor Campioni and Signor Dotel Figlio, who are settled here in the Gr. Duke's band - and Manzoli and Varole who are singing birds of passage excepted Florence is worse off than any great town in Italy - there is worse music at the theatres, the accademias, in the churches and in streets than elsewhere, and less frequent. Not one great harpsichord player or good lesson could I find, or one celebrated and standard Florentine composition.
Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 120. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444900852437 accessed: 3 December, 2023