Masters in music, Volume 2

Daniel Gregory Mason
Bates, 1903

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Página 436 - Speak louder, shout! for I am deaf! Alas! how could I proclaim the deficiency of a sense which ought to have been more perfect with me than with other men — a sense which I once possessed in the highest perfection, to an extent indeed that few of my profession ever enjoyed! Alas! I cannot do this! Forgive me therefore when you see me withdraw from you with whom I would so gladly mingle. My misfortune is doubly severe from causing me to be misunderstood.
Página 346 - Haydnish' is to express in one word what is well understood by all intelligent amateurs. Haydn's music is like his character — clear, straightforward, fresh and winning, without the slightest trace of affectation or morbidity. Its perfect transparency, its firmness of design, its fluency of instrumental language, the beauty and inexhaustible wealth of its melody, its studied moderation, its childlike cheerfulness — these are some of the qualities which mark the style of this most genial of all...
Página 436 - I joyfully hasten to meet Death. If he comes before I have had the opportunity of developing all my artistic powers, then, notwithstanding my cruel fate, he will come too early for me, and I should wish for him at a more distant period; but even then I shall be content, for his advent will release me from a state of endless suffering. Come when he may, I shall meet him with courage. Farewell! Do not quite forget me, even in death: I deserve this from you, because during my life I so often thought...
Página 295 - But only of method, and not of workmanship based on the method. The styles of these two composers vary so completely, that it seems impossible to assert that the Italian learned from the German. It would be fairer to say, as perhaps posterity will say, that the immense development of opera in the latter half of the nineteenth century was rather the result of a natural process than the work of any one man ; that Tristan...
Página 435 - Oh ! you who think or declare me to be hostile, morose, and misanthropical, how unjust you are, and how little you know the secret cause of what appears thus to you!
Página 530 - His general look was somewhat heavy, and sour ; but, when he did smile, it was his sire the sun bursting out of a black cloud. There was a sudden flash of intelligence, wit, and good humour, beaming in his countenance, which I hardly ever saw in any other.
Página 337 - I give forth what is in me. When I think of the Divine Being, my heart is so full of joy that the notes fly off as from a spindle. And as I have a cheerful heart, He will pardon me if I serve Him cheerfully!
Página 436 - Such things brought me to the verge of desperation, and wellnigh caused me to put an end to my life. Art, art alone, deterred me. Ah! how could I possibly quit the world before bringing forth all that I felt it was my vocation to produce ? And thus I spared this miserable...
Página 294 - ... and the Traviata, where the most tragic and highly wrought passages of vocal declamation are supported by an ordinary waltz rhythm in the accompaniment, which indeed seems to be doing its best to belie the drift of the words sung. Sometimes traces of the most unqualified banality occur, as witness the music assigned to the stage-band at the opening of Rigoletto, a passage which it is almost impossible to listen to without a feeling of aversion. But even these worst moments possess in the very...
Página 530 - Handel's general look was somewhat heavy and sour, but when he did smile, it was his sire the sun bursting out of a black cloud. There was a sudden flash of intelligence, wit, and good humour beaming in his countenance, which I hardly ever saw in any other.

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