Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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heard in Italy but in the streets, yet
here their performance was charming.
The father played the first violin with
great spirit; the second violin, and the
violoncello were played by his two sons;
and the vocal part was performed by his
two daughters, who sung airs and duets
by turns. Nothing was demanded by
the landlady, but for the coffee and
other things that were drank; but the
girls, after each song, went about the
room with a plate, to collect what the
generosity of each new comer would
afford; which, I fear, was but little, if
one may judge by the attention to the
music; for such an incessant chattering I
never heard, among the most loquacious
female gossips, as the company, not the
audience, here made, during the prettiest
airs that were either sung or played.

The first violin of this town is an old
Venetian, Signor Carminati, one of Tar-
tini's earliest scholars; and the princi-
pal performer on the harpsichord, Signor