The Great Composers, or Stories of the Lives of Eminent Musicians, by C.E. Bourne

The Great Composers, or Stories of the Lives of Eminent Musicians, by C.E. Bourne

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...O that I were a shoemaker and had my Sunday, and knew nothing of your C majors and C minors!' This unlucky ' Euryanthe, ' containing some ofWeber's finest music, was a cause of terrible annoyance to him, although, when it was first produced in Vienna, it was received with great enthusiasm. Operas must unfortunately have 'librettos, ' and 'Euryanthe' has not been the only instance of nobly inspired music being almost utterly wasted and lost by its association with a stupid plot and absurd dialogue. The writer was a half insane blue-stocking, Frau von Chezy, who incessantly annoyed him with the changes which she made in the book and the extravagant estimation she had of the importance of her own share of the work. On the night of the first performance, just before it began, there was a disturbance in the pit, with cries and shouts, and shrieks of laughter, as a fat and shabbily-dressed woman pushed herself through the crowd, shrieking out, 'Make room, make room for me, I say! I tell you I am the poetess!' And the crowd, yelling out 'The poetess! the poetess!' made way for her. The first success of the work was unfortunately not maintained, and, crushed beneath the stupid story--the Vienna wits called it 'Ennuyante, '--the splendid life that Weber had put into the music could not secure for it more than that sucds d'estime, which is almost worse than a complete failure. But in Vienna Weber had the happiness of meeting Beethoven and dining with him. Weber writes: 'We were in the happiest mood. The rough, repulsive man paid me as much attention as if I were a lady to whom he was paying court, and served me at table with the most delicate care. How proud I felt to receive all this kindness and affectionate regard from the great master-spirit. The day will...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536177
  • 9781236536174