My Musical Life

My Musical Life

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Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838-1901) was a clergyman and writer. Published in 1884, this memoir deals with one of his great interests: music. He was a proficient violinist, and his musical writings included books on church bell-ringing, violins, and the best-selling Music and Morals (also reissued in this series), which had reached its sixteenth edition by his death. As curate of St James, Westmoreland Street, he used musical events as a way of turning an empty church into a fashionable one. He acted as music critic for Truth and the Pall Mall Gazette, in addition to lecturing and writing on religious subjects. The book recounts a lifetime of making and enjoying music, and conveys Haweis' emotional response to music from an early age. It is a record of nineteenth-century musical performances and changing tastes, which also demonstrates Haweis' belief in the reforming influence of music on morals and society.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus.
  • 1139105531
  • 9781139105538

Table of contents

Prelude; Book I. Early Days: 1. Norwood and London. 1846-60; 2. Brighton and the Isle of Wight. 1850-6; 3. Cambridge. 1856-9; 4. Italy. 1860; 5. Bethnal Green and Westminster. 1861-4; Book II. By the Golden Sea: 1. Interlude on recurrent ideas; 2. The rationale of music; 3. Interlude of sense channels; 4. Hearing music; Book III. Cremona: 1. Interlude of a night at the Royal Institution; 2. Old violins; 3. Interlude on a certain loan collection; 4. A South Kensington dream; 5. Interlude on the oblivion of great men; 6. Stradivarius of Cremona - his house; 7. Interlude on some old violin players; Book IV. The Music of the Future: 1. Interlude on the title of the fourth book; 2. Wagner; 3. Interlude on the last crown; 4. Parsifal; 5. Interlude on Bayreuth City; 6. The Nibelung's Ring; 7. Interlude on Tannhauser and Lohengrin; 8. Tannhauser; 9. Lohengrin; 10. Interlude on phenomenal players; 11. Liszt; Postlude.
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