Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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for fear of breaking in upon his time,
being unwilling to rob the public of
things so precious as the few remain-
ing moments of this great and universal


At the first entrance into Italy, if the
entertainment were as good as at Rome
or Naples, travellers would be inclined
to stop short; but they find the curiosi-
ties, both of art and nature, still more
numerous and interesting the nearer they
approach those capitals.

Turin is, however, a very beautiful
city, though inferior perhaps to many
others of Italy in antiquities, natural
curiosities, and in the number of its

The language here is half French and
half Italian, but both corrupted. This
cannot be applied to the music, which
is pure Italian, and Turin has produced
a Giardini; there are likewise at present
in this city the famous Dilettante, Count