Musical Groundwork; Being a First Manual of Musical Form and History, for Students and Readers

Musical Groundwork; Being a First Manual of Musical Form and History, for Students and Readers

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... 1609-1676 was the earliest Glee writer, and his work, "Turn, Amaryllis, to thy swain," was the first composition to which the name "glee" was applied. The most renowned period of the Glee was from 1750 to 1850, during which time the most successful glee writers lived. Among these came S. Webbe, Stevens, Callcott, Spofforth, Horsley, Bishop, Goss, Arne and Hatton. Unlike the madrigal, which consists of one movement, the Glee can have two, three, or four. It may or may not have an instrumental accompaniment, and it is better without one. It is written for three or more voices, but there should only be one voice to each part. Broadly, glees are of two kinds--grave and gay. With a strict adherence to its right construction, and to the manner of rendering it, the Glee furnishes a beautiful English musical form, altogether distinct from the part song; and is a work of art which ought not to have fallen into disuse and neglect. It demands talent to compose an effective Glee, and real genius to produce one of the best kind. MADEIGAL.--The term is a troublesome one, and there are several theories as to its origin. Its root is fiavSpa, hence the Italian mandra = flock. The Madrigal is the most delightful among the lesser musical forms. It is a piece of music well studied and ingenious, written generally for the voice, in four, five, six or more parts; and is seen in its perfection in the writings of England's best musicians--those composers who adorned the Elizabethan era. The Madrigal was born of the Flemish School, and was the first secular art form after the age of the troubadours. Every Netherland musician of importance essayed the Madrigal, for the practice of such scientific art came as a welcome relief to industrious...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944577
  • 9781236944573