Well-known Piano Solos: How to Play Them (Google eBook)

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Theo. Presser Company, 1915 - Piano - 278 pages
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Page 159 - Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen,' in 1752. Ill this he speaks of the great value of the agrémens : — ' they serve to connect the notes, they enliven them, and when necessary give them a special emphasis, . . . they help to elucidate the character of the music ; whether it be sad, cheerful, or otherwise, they always contribute their share to the effect, an indifferent composition may be improved by their aid, while without them even the best melody may appear empty and meanin...
Page 238 - People were greatly astonished at the devotion which I have thrown into the Hymn to the Blessed Virgin, and it seems to have seized and impressed everybody. I think that the reason of this is that I never force myself into devotion or compose hymns or prayers unless I am really overpowered by the feeling; that alone is real, true devotion.
Page 156 - A ground, subject, or bass, call it what you ' please, is prick'd down in two several papers ; one ' for him who is to play the ground upon an organ, ' harpsichord, or what other instrument may be apt ' for that purpose ; the other for him that plays upon ' the viol, who having the said ground before his ' eyes as his theme or subject, plays such variety of ' descant or division in concordance thereto as his ' skill and present invention do then suggest unto
Page 230 - The study of the history of music, seconded by hearing the actual performance of the master -pieces of different epochs, will prove the most rapid and effectual cure for conceit and vanity.
Page 158 - Nearly every one perhaps knows the anecdote associated with this delicious bit of music ; but for the benefit of those who do not, it may be related. One day, as Handel was making his way to the chapel at Cannons, he was overtaken by a shower of rain, which compelled him to seek shelter in the shop of a blacksmith, whom he knew as being the parish clerk. While there, he caught the melody which the blacksmith was humming while at his work, and to which every stroke of his hammer on the anvil made...
Page 148 - Drum beats, or explosions of some kind, perhaps firearms, are also a feature of the music, as they really are on such occasions. "A wedding cortege in Norway was, long after the introduction of Christianity, a party of armed men, and for greater security marriages were generally performed at night. In those turbulent times every church had a rack in the porch for holding the axes and spears of the congregation, and we thought we could trace the influence of tradition in the wedding which we attended,...
Page 81 - It should come to the front like an "obbligato" passage, until, calming down at 15, it gives way to the chief melody in 18, now in the higher register. All this first Lento seems of a personal nature; it is the song of happiness and quiet contentment. Not so the next part, con fuoco...
Page 11 - It is the air which is the charm of music, and it is that, which is most difficult to produce; — patience and study are sufficient for the composition of agreeable sounds, but the invention of a fine melody is the work of genius...
Page 270 - Thalberg is the only artist who can play the violin on the keyboard." He originated the subsequently abused scheme of dividing a central melody between the two thumbs, and enveloping it in arpeggiated ornament. His comps. include many florid transcriptions of opera-tunes, also a grand concerto, 6 nocturnes, " La Cadence" and " Marche funlbre vari/e
Page 267 - Scandinavian composer perhaps best known by this charming piece. In the north of Europe the coming of spring is very sudden : the snows melt fast; the meadows become green all at once ; the song of birds, like the river, bursts forth in full flood; and once again men forget the "long and dreary winter" and look forward to the warmth of summer.

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