Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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panies, and sung, or rather chanted,
hymns and psalms in canto fermo.


This city has been rendered no less
famous, of late years, by the residence of
Tartini, the celebrated composer and per-
former on the violin, than in ancient
times, by having given birth to the great
historian Livy. But Tartini died a few
months before my arrival here, an event
which I regarded as a particular misfor-
tune to myself, as well as a loss to the
whole musical world; for he was a pro-
fessor, whom I was not more desirous to
hear perform, than ambitious to converse

I visited the street and house where he
had lived; the church and grave where
he was buried; his bust, his successor, his
executor, and every thing, however mi-
nute and trivial, which could afford me
the least intelligence concerning his life
and character, with the zeal of a pilgrim