Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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Cambray in order to visit the churches
there, in hopes of hearing music, but
was disappointed; the service was per-
formed entirely without chant or organ.
I was told that there would be singing
in the afternoon, but was unable to stay.
However, the character given of the
voices by some of the inhabitants did
not encrease my regret at not hearing
them, or incline me to postpone my
journey; I therefore went on directly


And upon my arrival in this city, after
spending the greatest part of the first
day in search of books, I went in the
evening, June 12, to the Boulevard, as
no better entertainment offered itself
either at the play-house or opera. The
Boulevard is a piece of public diversions,
without the gates of Paris. It is laid
out in walks, and planted. In the mid-
dle is a wide road for carriages, and at the