The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esquire Volume 3

The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esquire Volume 3

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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. 1723 edition. Excerpt: ...among a. few, unless you give a particular Attention-to it. A Lute is seldom heard in a Company of more than fiv- whereas a Drum will shew it self to Advantage in an Assembly of five hundred. The Lutanists therefore are Men of fine Genius, uncommon Reflection, great Asfability, and esteemed chiefly by Persons of a good Taste, who are the only proper Judges of so delightful and soft'a Melody. THE Trumpet isanInstrument that has in iti no Compass of Musick, or Variety of Sound, but is notwithstanding very agreeable, so long asr if keeps within its Pitch. It has not above four or. five Notes, which are however very pleasing, and capable of exquisite Turns and Modulations. The Gentlemen who sall under this Denomination, are your Men of the most'fashionable Education, and refined Breeding, who have learned a certain Smoothness of Discourse; and Sprightliness of Air, from. the polite Companythey have kept; but at the same Time have shallow Parts, weak Judgments, and a short Reach of Understanding. A Play-house, a DrawingRoom, a Ball, a Visiting-Day, or a Ring at Hide-Park, are the few Notes they, arc Masters of, which they touch upon in all ConversationsThe Trumpet however is a necessary Instrument about a Court, and a. proper Enlivener of a Consort, though os no great Harmony by it self; VIOLINS are the lively, forward, importunate Witsy that distinguish. themselves by the Flourishes of Imagination, Sharpness of Repartee, Glances of Satire, and bear away the-upper Part in every Consort. I cannot however but observe, That when a Man is not disposed to hear Musick, there is not a more disagreeable Sound ih Harmony than that of a Violin. THERE is another musical Instrument, which is more frequent in this Nation than any other;, I mean your Bass-Viol, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616855
  • 9781236616852