Charles Burney

The Present State of Music in France and Italy (2nd, corrected edition)

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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AMONG the numerous accounts
of Italy, published by travellers
who have visited that delightful
country from different motives of inte-
rest or curiosity; it is somewhat extraor-
dinary, that none have hitherto confined
their views and researches to the rise and
progress, or present state of music in that
part of the world, where it has been
cultivated with such success; and from
whence the rest of Europe has been fur-
nished, not only with the most eminent
composers and performers, but even with
all its ideas of whatever is elegant and re-
fined in that art.

Not a single picture, statue, or building
has been left undescribed, or an inscription