Etude Volume 13, No. 2

Etude Volume 13, No. 2

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...or vocal music?" and the equally unmusical statements, like, " I hate an orchestra, but 1 adore a brass band,"--the more pallid terms like and dislike are seldom used in such cases, --all tend to show how great the power of mere quality of sound is, and how strongly it affects the musical likings and dislikings of most people. This is also proved by the singular popularity of instruments of novel or otherwise striking sonority, such as the xylophone, Glockenspiel, set of finger-bowls, flowerpotophone, and what not. Some people will hardly notice a tune when played on a pianoforte or by an orchestra, but will go into ecstasies over the. same tune--especially if it be of a grandiose and majestic character--when played on the mouth harmonica; experlo crede, I have seen it myself 1 The theme of Bach's G minor fugue is not, of and by itself, so stimulating as the melody of Verdi's "IH quellapira;" yet Bach's apparently homely phrase contains in itself the "potency and power " of the whole glorious G minor fugue, whereas Verdi's tune contains the potency and power of absolutely nothing beyond its own screeching self. Music is not an alcohol to intoxicate the musician, an anodyne to bring mere momentary forgetfulness of the day's cares and troubles, nor a sense-killing potion to waft him lazily into luxurious hasheesh-dreams of a Mahomet's Paradise; it brings with it the wholesome oxygen necessary to his complete vitality. So soon as he is in the presence of a mighty composition, he plunges into the music, heart and soul, and his whole being is aroused to vigorous action. I Don't believe in "accidental" mistakes "Meme cause, Meme effete" says a French proverb. If the cause of your blunder is...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767918
  • 9781236767912