News from France: Burney's Bias and Grétry's Popularity

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The searchable database of the eighteenth-century Burney Collection Newspapers provides important information about musical life in Britain; this article focuses on discoveries (1) of a letter from Paris published in the London 'Morning Chronicle' of 26 May 1773, severely critical of Burney's coverage of Paris musical life portrayed in his 'Present State of Music in France and Italy'; and (2) of numerous reports about Grétry's life, works and publications. These illuminate the productions seen in London of 'Zémire et Azor' and 'Richard Coeur de lion', and bear witness to lively British interest in non-Italian opera.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusiques en liberté
Subtitle of host publicationEntre la cour et les provinces au temps des Bourbons
EditorsBernard Dompnoer, Catherine Massip, Solveig Serre
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherÉcole des Chartes
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9782357230989
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameÉtudes et rencontres de l'École des Chartes
PublisherÉcole des Chartes
ISSN (Print)357230989


  • Charles Burney, Paris, music, André Grétry

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