The Story of British Music; (From the Earliest Times to the Tudor Period)

The Story of British Music; (From the Earliest Times to the Tudor Period)

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Mummery Procession from Newgate to Lambeth--Lingering Signs and Effects of Minstrelsy. Minstrel! The word is fuller with music than many a more pronounced term in modern tone art phraseology. Its mere mention thrills the imaginative mind into a realm of fancy concerning a singularly beautiful and romantic phase of early English musical Min. life. How the school-boy and girl loves strelsy. to linger over the brief references to the minstrel and his art in the primer or historybook! How, as we grow older, the minstrel has still a charm for us; and whenever the word 'minstrelsy ' meets our eyes, all our musical nerves and instincts seem to vibrate within us! The music of the ' waits, ' rough and coarse as it too often is--a musical feature which still clings to the Yule season--never fails to arrest the attention of old and young as a remnant, it is thought, of ancient English music and custom. Unfortunately the terms 'minstrel' and 'minstrelsy' have been indiscriminately used for every sort of musician and performance, of whatever age. We have to consider the minstrels here as a great body of itinerant performers who flourished between the Conquest and three centuries later. Popularly the 'waits' of to-day are regarded as minstrels of the kind which obtained long before music became that great art which early musicians like the Elizabethan composers made it; and many people there are who see more music in the snatches of tune which startle the crisp night air, beneath our window-casements, at Christmas time, than they perceive in the performance of a modern symphony. We need not disagree. It would be harsh to dispel MUSIC OF THE 'WAITS' 197 an illusion which springs out of the fulness of a good heart--as all hearts are at the Christmas season. It is...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557220
  • 9781236557223