Charles Burney in Franciscan church, Naples - 25 October, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, pages 174-5:

After dinner I went again to hear the boys of S. Onofrio at the Franciscans’ church […] I heard a Litany here by Durante: the rest of the music, which was but young, was by the young man who beat time. The instrument I took before for a clarinet is here called voce humana; ‘tis an agreeable tone, has a great compass but was not well played on. A concerto on the violin was introduced where hand and fire were discovered but no taste or finishing.

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 174-5. accessed: 21 April, 2024

location of experience: Franciscan church, Naples


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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a litany

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 October, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:22:35 +0100
Approved on Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:09:44 +0000