Charles Burney

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

London: T. Becket and Co., 1773


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a book on the subject of music, and with
its author, Signor Carlo Geo. Testori,
with whom I had the pleasure of con-


In this city, which is very large and
populous, music is much cultivated.
Signor Battista San Martini is organist of
two or three churches here; I had a let-
ter to him from Signor Giardini, which
procured me a very agreeable reception.
He is brother to the famous Martini of
London, who so long delighted us with
his performance on the hautbois, as well
as by his compositions. The music
of Signor Battista San Martini of Milan
is well known in England.

But what I was most curious after here,
was the Ambrosian Chant or church ser-
vice, which is peculiar to Milan,
after the manner instituted by St. Ambrose,
two hundred years before the Roman,
or that of St. Gregory.