Charles Burney in Venice - 5 August, 1770

from The Present State of Music in France and Italy, pages 141-2:

... I went to the hospital de' Mendicanti, for orphan girls, who are taught to sing and play, and on Sundays and at festivals they sing divine service in chorus. Signor Bertoni is the present Maestro di Capella. There was a hymn performed with solos and chorusses, and a mottetto à voce sola, which last was very well performed, particularly an accompanied recitative, which was pronounced with great force and energy. Upon the whole, the compositions had some pretty passages, mixed with others that were not very new. The subjects of the fugues and chorusses were trite, and but slightly put …   more >>
cite as

Charles Burney, The Present State of Music in France and Italy (London, 1771), p. 141-2. accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: Venice


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

hide composers
Liturgical music performed by Voices and instruments.

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 August, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Robert Fraser on Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:42:42 +0100