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The Lasting Musical Effects of the Italian Grand Tours Of Ignaz Maria Von Attems-Heiligenkreutz (1714-1762) and Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Metoda Kokole ; Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Musicology, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Italy was for the Grand Tourists of the eighteenth century the most frequently visited part of Europe. More musically oriented travellers reported also on music events and collected music sources for further private but also public use in their homelands. The musical interests of two lesser known Grand Tourists of the late 1730s, a Styrian aristocrat Ignaz von Attems and the English Pre-Romantic poet Thomas Gray, aligned in their operatic taste for they both collected some of the then most successful and popular arias. The combined information from the two music collections and personal lett ers of both travellers unveil some mysteries and fill some small lacunae in our knowledge of Italian eighteenth-century opera.


cultural history, 18th century, Grand Tour, opera arias, Ignaz Maria von Attems, Thomas Gray

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