Charles Burney in S. Francesco, Naples - 19 October, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, page 165:

In the evening I went again to St Francesco’s Church and heard the performance of the scholars of another conservatorio, namely Santa Maria di Loreto... The singing was a little better, but the instruments hardly so good. The 1st air, after a smart sinfonia and chorus, was sung by an inoffensive tenor – then another by a soprano not quite so, after which a 3rd air by a base voice, the direct contrary of inoffensive, such a bawling stentor with a throat so inflexible sure never was heard before. The divisions were so rough and so strongly marked they …   more >>

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 165. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: S. Francesco, Naples


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

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Experience Information

Date/Time 19 October, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:20:30 +0100
Approved on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:18:57 +0000