|9.||Charles Burney, A General History of Music, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Period. Two volumes, 1776-1789. Reprinted, with Critical and Historical Notes by Frank Mercer. New York, Dover, 1957. Vol. II, p.455.|
BOCCHERINI, who is still living at Madrid, and whose instrument is the violoncello, though he writes but little at present, has perhaps supplied the performers on bowed-instruments and lovers of Music with more excellent compositions than any master of the present age, except Haydn. His style is at once bold, masterly, and elegant. There are movements in his works, of every style, and in the true genius of the instruments for which he writes, that place him high in rank among the greatest masters who have ever written for the violin or violoncello. There is perhaps no instrumental Music more ingenious, elegant, and pleasing, than his quintets: in which invention, grace, modulation, and good taste, conspire to render them, when well executed, a treat for the most refined hearers and critical judges of musical composition.