Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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Thursday, July 26. I was only one day
in this town, but, it happening to be a
holiday, I had the good fortune to hear a
boy, at the church of the Jesuits delle
, whose voice and volubility pleased
me much. His name is Carlo Moschetti.
He is a scholar of Pietro Pellegrino, Maes-
tro di Capella
of this church, who beat
the time during the performance of his
motet. This castrato is not above fourteen
or fifteen. He has a compass of two
octaves complete, from the middle C in
the scale, to the highest. His voice is full,
when he has time to throw it out; and
he executes swift passages with such faci-
lity, that he is apt to be lavish and run
riot, and now and then is not exactly in
tune. But there seems to be good stuff
for a master to work upon; his shake is
good, and he promises to be a great
singer. There was a young counter tenor,
of whom little is to be said; a tenor,