The Irish Industrial Exhibition of 1853; A Detailed Catalogue of Its Contents ...

The Irish Industrial Exhibition of 1853; A Detailed Catalogue of Its Contents ...

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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. 1854 Excerpt: ...and wandering on, . As loath to die." Such places are the fitting ones for its performance; and whether from association, or from some peculiwhich makes it less effective as a solo instrument for concert-room or music-hall, than others of smaller capacity--or probably from the impression it leaves upon the mind that its sounds are not produced by the tkill of an individual--no matter from what, and notwithstanding all that affected dilletanteism may say to the contrary--its solo effects are lost upon the multitude, save in a place of public worship. The few may admire the contrivance of the composition, the skill of the performer, and his dexterity in managing so compikatfd a musical machine; but they feel not where art should awaken emotion, and they pass away without ntaining any of those vague and mystic charms that the memory of music is calculated to leave upon the soul. For the conveyance of individual melody, there are required a crescendo and a diminuendo on sound, also a forzando, and a power of forcing into passion certain phrases, always keeping upon the ear thai those things are accomplished by the same voice, --whether it be human or artificial, caused by the breath or by the bow, --in reality a succession of sounds varied in their length, breadth, and emphasis by the will, showing the intelligence and feeling of him who produces them. This the organ, with all its grandeur, is deficient in. The finger of the performer presses down a key, which by a mechanical contrivance opens a vaJvi-; air is thus admitted from the bellows into a pipe causing the emission of such sound, and such only as the maker intended that pipe to speak. So long as the finger is kept upon the key, and the bellows blown, the pipe will give forth the same sound--or the suc...
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  • Paperback | 526 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 930g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1130510697
  • 9781130510690