A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by Eminent Writers, English and Foreign Volume 2

A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by Eminent Writers, English and Foreign Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...which ho gave with stentorian lungs, the effect was electric, f"r the whole of the performers on the stage, and those in the orchestra, as if actuated by one feeling of delight, vociferated "Bravo! Bravo, Maestro! Viva, viva, grande Mozart!" Those in the orchestra I thought would never have ceased applauding, by beating the bows of their violins against the music desks.' And Mozart? 'I never shall forget his little animated countenance, when lighted up with the glowing rays of genius;--it is as impossible to describe it, as it would be to paint sunbeams.'1 And yet, after all this success, nothing was done for him. Earning a living by giving lessons and playing in public was in every respect unsatisfactory. 'You lucky man, ' he said to young Gyrowetz as he was starting to Italy, 'and I am still obliged to give lessons to earn a trifle.' Moreover he soon found himself eclipsed on the stage by two new pieces, which for a time absorbed the publio entirely; these were Dittersdorf s Singspiel 'Der Apotheker und der Doctor' (July 11)1 and Martin's 'Cosa rara' (Nov. 17). Aain he resolved to go to England, and was again dissuaded by his lather. A gleam of light came however from Prague, whither he was invited to see for himself the immense success of his 'Figaro, ' produced there first after Vienna, as had been the case with the 'Entfiihrung.' Count Johann Jos. Thun, one of the greatest amateurs in Prague, placed his house at Mozart's diKx-al, and he joyfully accepted the invitation. His first letter states the condition in which he found Prague, 'the one subject of conversation here is--Figaro; nothing is played, Bung, or whistled but--Figaro; nobody goes to any opera but--Figaro; everlastingly Figaro!' He was literally overwhelmed with...show more

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  • Paperback | 676 pages
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628268
  • 9781236628268