The Present State of Music in France and Italy

Robert Fraser

Robert Fraser follows in the footsteps of the eighteenth-century musicologist Charles Burney (1726-1814) as he travelled across France, Switzerland and Italy in 1770 reporting on the European musical scene. In a parallel essay, Fraser visits the same locations in sequence, describing the European musical scene of the early twenty-first century, and inquiring how the cultural and musical developments and anxieties of Burney's own time relate to those of our own, superficially very different, age.

The digital arrangement of the text, which comes equipped with illustrative sound and picture files, enables the reader to easily navigate between the two accounts.

The Present State of Music in France and Italy
Robert Fraser | Forthcoming 2016
ISBN Paperback: 9781783740475
ISBN Hardback: 9781783740482
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783740499
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783740505
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783740512
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0077

Robert Fraser is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association, and Professor of English in the Open University. His books include studies of Proust and Sir James Frazer as well as widely reviewed biographies of the poets George Barker and David Gascoyne. He has written several works for the musical theatre, and translated eighteenth-century Italian opera for the stage. In 2013 he helped initiate a research project on the history of listening shared between the Open University and the Royal College of Music (