Charles Burney in Rome - 22 September, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, page 131:

[…] to Mr. Beckford's concert, consisting of 12 of the best hands in Rome, led by Celestini - and 3 voices, viz Signor Cristofero of the Pope's chapel who sings very much in Guarducci's way and is little inferior to him in delicacy, Grassetto - a boy made a eunuch by his own choice against the advice of his friends in order to preserve his voice, which is a very pleasing one, and he is moreover in other respects a very promising singer; and a buffo tenor, a very comical fellow.

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 131. accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Rome


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

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Vocal piece performed by Celestini, Grassetto, Signor Cristofero

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 September, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:43:18 +0100
Approved on Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:39:58 +0000