Henry Matthews in Rome - 1 January, 1818, at night
from The Diary of an invalid, being the journal of a tour... in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and France, 1817-1819, page 105:
In the evening, we went to a party at Torlonia's, the banker;—or as he now is—the Duke of Bracciano. A suite of rooms was thrown open, in which a mob of people wandered about, without object, or amusement. Such a scene could afford little insight into Italian manners, even if the mob were composed exclusively of Italians—but at present, two-thirds, at least, of the company at every party, are English. Rooms hot;—Music miserable;—as to music, I have heard nothing tolerable, vocal or instrumental, since I left England.
Henry Matthews, The Diary of an invalid, being the journal of a tour... in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and France, 1817-1819, volume 5th edition (London, 1835), p. 105. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1518779054514 accessed: 10 December, 2023
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|unspecified vocal and instrumental music|
|Date/Time||1 January, 1818, at night|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|