Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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think, is more powerful than when he
was in England, and his taste and ex-
pression seem to have received every pos-
sible degree of selection and refinement.
He is a very chaste performer, and adds
but few notes; those few notes, however,
are so well chosen, that they produce
great effects, and leave the ear thoroughly

He has a winter-house in Florence,
and has built this at Montefiascone, the
place of his birth, to retire to in summer,
and to receive his mother, and his bro-
thers and sisters: it is charmingly situated,
commanding, on one side, a fine prospect
of the country, as far as Aquapendente,
and a great part of the Lake of Bolsena;
and, on the other, the hills of Viterbo,
and the country leading to it.

He says that he has totally quitted the
stage, and intends singing no more in
public: this is a loss to Italy, as I find
he is now allowed by the Italians the
first place among all the singers of the