The Canadian Forum Volume 3-4

The Canadian Forum Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...a wonderful faculty for writing ex tended melodic phrases of superb beauty, enriched with most original harmonic resources. He often selects his subjects from Nature: his tone-poems, The Garden of Fand (i.e., the sea), and November Woods are full of suggestion. His music, however, is (as Beethoven said of his own Pastoral Symphony), 'more an expression of feeling than a painting.' Possessed of a rich imagination, he rarely allows it to master him. He is no mystic, but is not uninfluenced by the great church music of the past, as witness his mangificent (though forbiddingly difficult) motet, Mater ora Filium for double choir a rapella; notable, too, are his exquisite carols, 'There is no rose of such virtue, ' for voice and piano, and 'Of a Rose I sing, ' for tenor voice, small choir, harp, violoncello, and double-bass. The latter is an admirable example of a rich and luxuriant treatment of a simple theme. The romantic spirit is not likely to die as long as it has composers of the type of Bax to sustain it. One regrets to leave so much unsaid. The unusual enthusiasm for chamber-music in England should not be overlooked, and one might write at great length of such composers as john Ireland, Frank Bridge, Benjamin Dale, VValdo Warner, and Eugene Goosens. The output of song literature, too, is immense, and much of it of admirable quality. Church music has certainly attained a higher standard than at any time during the past two centuries, though one might perhaps make an exception in favour of the 'Vesleys. The British public is even being induced to take an interest in opera---not as a fashionable fad, nor as a form of star-worship, but as a real musical diet--owing largely to the efforts of Sir Thomas...show more

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  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779959
  • 9781236779953