Musical Record and Review Volume 210-239

Musical Record and Review Volume 210-239

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... rom this side of the ocean to European countries, or it may be inborn in them. "They embrace, however, to a great extent the German ideas, which to my mind are the only true ones. Just look at the pro ress those ideas have made abroad. There is rance. It is but two years ago when the French knew absolutely nothing of the great German composers. They listened breathiessl to performances which now the will not to crate, while Mozart, Schumann, iszt, Beethoven and all other great German composers are now received with ecstacy, which is as it should be. Italy is probably the most striking and only example of great retrogression. Nothing will take with the Italian but a most intense amount of screeching and yelling: if that is forthcoming the reception of the singer is assuredly a grand and flattering success. Take for example the case of Mme. Patti--sureiy a singer of worldwide renown and one who has taken everything by storm; yet her debut in Italy was a total failure. Perhaps we are all but poor deluded people and don't know what music is; at least it would so appear in judging by the Italian standard. I say, however, that it is not art to yell or screech. It takes no singer to do that. Every street urchin and hackman can outdo us in that. It is much easier to let the voice out full than moderate it, and my aim, and that of every other singer of renown, has always been, not to take the audience by storm by a few loud notes, but by softness, expression, feeling and modulation to make it strike to the heart and leave an impression there that is as lasting as it is pleasing. "I am sorry to sa that America is guilty to a slight degree, of t is ver same retrogression within the past ten years, ut I hope that it is not lasting, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236796829
  • 9781236796820