Charles Burney in Near Naples - 26 October, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, page 177:

Mrs H. [Hamilton] has a very neat finger and plays the harpsichord with great delicacy, expression and taste. Mr. H. is likewise a pretty good performer on the violin; but are both so tired of the Neapolitans as to be glad to return to that of Corelli, ⌊Geminiani⌋, Handel, Vivaldi etc for the sake of harmony and variety – indeed the general run of Neapolitan music is noisy and monotonous, but while such composers as Jomelli, Piccini, Merula, Mann‹a›, Paesiello etc are in it one would think no complaint need be made of a scarcity of good music.

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 177. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Near Naples


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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performance of 'Unknown' performed by Mr. Hamilton, Mrs. Hamilton

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 October, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:41:21 +0100
Approved on Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:13:32 +0000