The trial of Midas the Second, or congress of musicians. A poem in three cantos, ca. 1777.

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Burney, Charles, 1726-1814. The trial of Midas the Second, or congress of musicians. A poem in three cantos, ca. 1777.

The trial of Midas the Second, or congress of musicians. A poem in three cantos, ca. 1777.

Manuscript, in a single hand, of a satirical poem written in response to the publication of Burney's rival Sir John Hawkins' "A General History of the Science and Practice of Music." In Burney's poem, Hawkins, in the figure of Midas, is put on trial for not recognizing then-respected composers in his work; found guilty, his works are consigned to "a dirty niche deep in the darkest part of loath'd Fleet Ditch." The manuscript contains numerous satirical footnotes which are quotations from Hawkins' own work.

1 v. (40 p.) ; 19 x 12 cm.

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Burney, Charles, 1726-1814

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Charles Burney, British musician and author. He is the father of Frances Burney, Madame d'Arblay, the writer. From the guide to the Charles Burney (musician and author) manuscript material : 1 item, 1792, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.) Charles Burney established a reputation as an organist and composer before moving to London in 1760. There he became a central figure in the circle gathered around author Samuel Johnson...

Hawkins, John, 1719-1789

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English music historian, antiquarian, and attorney. From the description of Letter signed, with an autograph postscript, dated : [n.p., London?] Feb. 16 1782, to Mr. [John] Langshaw, organist in Lancaster, 1782 Feb. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270665512 Epithet: writer on music history British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000411.0x00009b ...