Charles Burney in St John Lateran, Rome - 18 November, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, pages 208-9:

...Signor Colista...being entreated to let me hear the great organ [of St John Lateran] very obligingly complied... ‘Tis a 32 ft. organ and the largest in Rome... It has 36 stops, 2 sets of keys, has long 8ths an octave below double F. and goes up to E in altissimo. It has pedals, in the use of which Signor Colista is very dextrous. His manner of playing this instrument seems to be the true organ style, tho' at present his taste is a little passé - indeed the organ style seems better preserved in general through Italy than with us, as the harpsichord is not …   more >>

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 208-9. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: St John Lateran, Rome


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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written by Bach
performed by Signor Colista

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 November, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:26:34 +0000
Approved on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:20:13 +0000