A General History of the Science and Practice of Music Volume 2
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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...He afterwards took the degree of Doctor of Laws, and obtained the post in the Custom-house of inspector general of the exports and imports. He was extremely well skilled in political arithmetic, and matters relating to the revenue, and wrote many valuable tracts on those subjects. t This appears by a device of machinery thus described: 'Fame rises 'out of the middle of the stage, standing on a globe, on which is the arms of England: the globe rests on a pedestal: on the front of the 'pedestal is drawn a man with a long, lean, pale face, with fiends' wings, 'and snakes twisted round his body: he is encompassed by several 'phanatical rebellious heads, who suck poison from him, which runs 'out of a tap in his side.' The wit of this satire at this day stands In some need of an explanation. The earl of Shaftesbury was amcted with a dropsy, and had frequent recourse to the expedient of tapping; and such was the malevolence of his enemies, that although they had their choice of numberless particulars by which he might have been distinguished, that of the tap appeared to them the most eligible. Some time before his death it was a fashion in taverns to have wine brought to guests, and set upon table in a wooden or silver vessel shaped like a tun, with a cock to it, and this was called a Shaftesbury. why it was performed but six timeB, and was in general ill received. After an interval of about five years, Mr. Betterton made another attempt to introduce the opera on the English stage. To that end he prevailed on Mr. Dryden to write King Arthur, which having in it a great deal of machinery and dancing, and being finely set to music by Purcell, succeeded very well, and encouraged him to alter the Prophetess of Beaumont and Fletcher into the resemblance of an...
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