Musical Forms

Musical Forms

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... songs of the people, are indeed excellent in every country, and are the truest expression of national life and sentiment; for the songs of a nation are a natural result of the manner of life, and also depend greatly on geographical and climatic relations. Thus a nation inhabiting a mountainous country has songs of a livelier and richer character and of more varied expression than the inhabitants of a flat region generally possess. Again, the songs of the Northern nations, as Russians, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, and Eskimos, are mostly of a melancholy expression; while the Southern nations, such as Spaniards and Italians, and to some extent also the Hungarian, Bohemian, and Slavonic races, combine their songs with dancing. Among the lovely Italian popular songs those of Tuscany claim the highest place. The English, Scotch, and Irish songs are justly celebrated, and have been adapted and utilised by the greatest composers. Convivial and Humorous Songs are a natural consequence of the Liedertafeln, or musical convivial associations. The Liedertafeln are represented in Great Britain by the madrigal and glee clubs. COUPLET. Couplet, in the general sense, is the repetition of any amount ot verses that are sung to the same melody of the first verse. The songs in comic operas or vaudevilles, or burlesques, which the comic actor sings, and in which he alludes in a humorous and sometimes satirical manner to political or social questions of the day are also called Couplets. The same name is given to variations generally added to a chaconne or passacaille. (Com 1 pare for instance Couperin's beautiful chaconne "La T6nebreuse.") The episodes that offer relief to the repetitions of the principal subject in a rondo are sometimes termed Couplets....show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541146
  • 9781236541147