Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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Leoni: but both have been here long
enough to have accommodated them-
selves to the music and taste of this

I went twice to the cathedral church
of St. John, to hear the Plain Chant
à la Romaine
, and found both the church
and the music as plain and unadorned
with pictures, statues, harmony, or taste,
as any protestant church I ever was in.
The prebends, who are here called counts,
the canons, and twenty-four boys, all
sing in unison, and without organ or


There is but little music to be heard in
this place, as there is no play-house al-
lowed; nor are there organs in the
churches, except two, which are used
for psalmody only, in the true purity of
John Calvin; however, M. Fritz, a good
composer, and excellent performer, on