London Society Volume 30

London Society Volume 30

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...of hearing. Thus, for instance, a hor n passage played pianissimo is so faint and distant that to the most delicate ear it might as well have heen played hy the violins. Eight harps produce the effect of two or three; the brass loses in quality of tone, if not in quantity of noise. Briefly, the acoustic experiment has heen carried too far at Bayreuth, and results in a gain to the exceptional instruments only, such as the bass clarionet, the double bass, trombone, and tuba, that accompany the dying groans of the dragon. It is curious that Wagner, whose original and magnificent orchestration is the point about him which has given him his immortality, and stamped it with popularity, should, in these pattern performances, have done his best to cut his own throat by thrusts ing the instrumental force overmuch into the background. There is this to be said, that but for the relief thus afforded to the singers (though at all too dear a cost) the least robust must surely have succumbed under the burden of their parts. As it was, they were tried to the uttermost, but came off almost without exception with flying colours. Among so many excellent it may seem invidious to specify, but three seem to separate themselves from the rest, and to stand on a higher level. Herr Yogi's hour on the stage as Loge, the fire-god, in Rheingold, was brief and fleeting, but not all that came afterwards could make us forget the dramatic and musical excellence of his performance, and its claim to take a foremost place. Herr Schlosser's Mime the dwarf was a finished and forcible study, such as is rarely given to operagoers to enjoy; whilst the queen of the festival, Frau Materna, the memorable creator of the role of Brunnhilde, has everybody's homage at her feet, more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236969766
  • 9781236969767