What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
The Present State of Music in France and Italy: Or, the Journal of a Tour ...
No preview available - 2015
accompanied admirable agreeable airs ancient arrival audience band better Bologna boxes boys burletta celebrated chant choir chorusses church comic opera composition concert Concert Spirituel Conservatorio conversation counter-tenor curious dance duet England enquiries Europe excellent execution fame famous Farinelli favour festivals Florence four French fugues fung Galuppi genius harmony harpsichord hautbois hear heard honour imitations ingenious instruments Italian Italy kind learned likewise Maestro di Capella manner master melody ments Milan modulation morning motet musicians Naples Neapolitan night obliging oratorio orchestra organ organist overture Padre Martini Padua Paris performed persons Piccini piece played pleased pleasure Pope's chapel portamento present pretty principal Rinaldo di Capua Rome Sacchini scholar seems serious opera shewed singers singing solo songs soprano stile sung superior symphony tenor theatre tion told tone Turin Venice violin violoncello vocal voice whole young
Page 312 - Ask where's the North? at York, 'tis on the Tweed; In Scotland, at the Orcades ; and there, At Greenland, Zembla, or the Lord knows where.
Page 98 - The better sort should set before 'em A grace, a manner, a decorum; Something, that gives their acts a light; Makes 'em not only just, but bright; And sets them in that open fame, Which witty malice cannot blame. For 'tis in life, as 'tis in painting: Much may be right, yet much be wanting...
Page 197 - Musical compositions are so shortlived in Italy, such is the rage for novelty, that for the few copies wanted, it is not worth while to be at the expense of engraving, and of the rolling-press.
Page 60 - Extremely lean old Gentleman ! " He complained of decrepitude, and said, He supposed I was anxious to form an idea of the figure of one walking after death. However, his eyes and whole countenance are still full of fire ; and though so emaciated, a more lively expression cannot be imagined.
Page 218 - Spain, it was determined that he fhould be taken into the fervice of the court, to which he was ever after wholly appropriated, not being once fuffered to fing again in public.
Page 290 - Pope offended at the supposed imposition of his composer, that, for a long time, he would neither see him, nor hear his defence. However, at length, the poor man got one of the cardinals to plead his cause, and to acquaint his holiness, that the style of singing in his chapel, particularly in performing the Miserere...
Page 220 - ... fo that he had a fecond life to begin, without the charms of youth to attach new friends, or his former talents to gain new protectors. He fays that Metaftafio and he were twins of public favour, and entered the world at the fame time, he having performed in that poet's firft opera. When he mewed me his.