Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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tive of Brescia; was welcomed home by
a band of music, at the inn, the night of
his arrival, and by another the night be-
fore his and my departure, consisting of
two violins, a mandoline, french horn,
trumpet, and violoncello; and, though
in the dark, they played long concertos,
with solo parts for the mandoline. I was
surprised at the memory of these per-
formers; in short, it was excellent street
music, and such as we are not accus-
tomed to; but ours is not a climate for
serenades. The famous Venetian dancer,
La Colonna, was likewise just arrived
from Russia, and in the same house; they
were all going to Venice.


There was no opera in this city, se-
rious or comic, when I arrived in it,
July 28; however, I was conducted to
the famous amphitheatre, said to have
been built by Augustus, or, at least,
about his time; perhaps by Vitruvius,