The Musical Quarterly Volume 6

The Musical Quarterly Volume 6

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...Who are the people who first accept the new theories and products? Are they the professional critics, the artists versed in the history and practice of their art, the public at large, or a clique of the pioneer's friends, anxious to push him before the world? It must be owned with regret that it is generally these last who succeed in obtaining recognition for their friend. The responsible critics, as a body, are quite rightly reluctant to embrace every new "fad" that comes before them, and it is small wonder if sometimes they mistake the first attempts in a fresh direction for the visions of some hare-brained crank. Here and there, of course, there are other critics who are so anxious to make people talk about them that they are ready to take up any unusual attitude, and who use the innovation as a ladder for themselves to climb. The men who have given their lives to the service of any art are most seldom broad-minded enough to tolerate innovations; and if they were to accept the changes, it is reasonable to suppose that they would not go far along the new path; if they did, the fact would argue that their progress along the old had not been highly successful. Two illustrious exceptions to this rule are Orlando Gibbons and Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom, after great successes in the older style, assimilated the theories of the revolutions of their time and achieved masterpieces in the new style. It is natural that the majority of those who have reached eminence in the older forms should be slow to accept what is opposed to their own theories and convictions, but it is going too far to label them indiscriminately as "academics," although there is such a thing as a pig-headed obstinacy that does harm to everybody, more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918835
  • 9781236918833