Louis Engelbach in Naples - 1802

from Naples and the Campagna Felice. In a series of letters, addressed to a friend in England, in 1802, pages 384-385:

[Letter XIX] After a glass or two of anti-muscatel, the composer [Don Matteo] brought forth his opus magnum, the loyal cantata, the aspect of which entitled it to the rank of a musical curiosity. However original its intrinsic contents might be, its external appearance was a complete patchwork. Dozens of bits of staves were pasted upon every page: and Don Michele, holding a leaf against the window, observed, that there ought to be abundance of variety in a composition which so nearly resembled a harlequin's jacket.

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Louis Engelbach, Naples and the Campagna Felice. In a series of letters, addressed to a friend in England, in 1802 (London, 1815), p. 384-385. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1518723808792 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: Naples

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Listening to

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a cantata
written by Matteo
performed by Louis Engelbach and others
unspecified recitativo
written by Don Matteo

Experience Information

Date/Time 1802
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:43:28 +0000
Approved on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:08:48 +0100