Charles Burney Bibliography

An Essay Towards a History of Comets 1769
Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy 1770
Famous English musicologist, whom his friend Joshua Reynolds described as “both a philosopher & a Musician.” Burney met Diderot in Paris where Diderot asked his daughter, Angelique, to play for Burney. In his book he mentions her as “one of the finest harpsichord-players in Paris”.
The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Provinces 1773
Consists of the journal Burney kept during a second visit to the continent, a visit he begun in July 1772.
A General History Music 1776
Published in four volumes between 1776 and 1789. Burney collected the material for his history during tours to the continent, the first to Paris in 1764, and from June 1770 to Paris again, Geneva, Turin, Milan, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. Burney was a strong admirer of Italian vocal music and an advocate of the music of Haydn, who he knew during the composer’s visits to England.
In Commemoration of Handel 1784