Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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There had been an opera, in this city
during the month of August, in which
Signor Nicolini was the principal singer,
and very much approved; but so capri-
cious is public favour, that, with the
same talents, the same voice, the same
performers, and in the same compositions,
he was totally disliked and neglected, at
Lucca, in the month of September!


September 18. In my way to Rome, I
visited Signor Guarducci, who has here
built himself a very good house, and fitted
it up in the English manner, with great
taste. He had already been apprized of
my journey into Italy, and received me
in the politest manner imaginable. He
was so obliging as to let me hear him, in
a song of Signor Sacchini's composition,
which he sung divinely. His voice, I