Great Italian and French Composers

D. Appleton, 1878 - 291 páginas
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Página 85 - Some heavenly music, which even now I do, To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I'll drown my book.
Página 271 - It is pleasant to find an American book which can rank with the very best of foreign works on this subject. Professor Le Contc has long been known as an original investigator in this department ; all that he gives us is treated with a mastcrhaad."— The A'ation. Animal Life, As affected by the Natural Conditions of Existence.
Página 124 - French is indeed very properly adapted to their pronunciation and accent, as their whole opera wonderfully favours the genius of such a gay airy people. The chorus in which that opera abounds, gives the parterre frequent opportunities of joining in concert with the stage. This inclination of the audience to sing along with the actors, so prevails with them, that I have sometimes known the performer on the stage do no more in a celebrated song, than the clerk of a parish church, who serves only to...
Página 60 - The construction of these newly invented pieces " continues Lord Mount-Edgcumbe, "is essentially different from the old. The dialogue, which used to be carried on in recitative, and which in Metastasio's operas is often so beautiful and interesting, is now cut up (and rendered unintelligible if it were worth listening to) into pezzi concertati, or long singing conversations, which present a tedious succession of unconnected, ever-changing motives, having nothing to do with each other...
Página 270 - Sight: An Exposition of the Principles of Monocular and Binocular Vision. By JOSEPH LE CONTE, LL. D., author of " Elements of Geology," " Religion and Science," and Professor of Geology and Natural History in the University of California.
Página 20 - This night, having with my Lord Bruce taken our places before we went to the Opera, where comedies and other plays are represented in recitative music, by the most excellent musicians, vocal and instrumental, with variety of scenes painted and contrived with no less art of perspective, and machines for flying in the air, and other wonderful...
Página 271 - SIGHT : An Exposition of the Principles of Monocular and Binocular Vision By JOSEPH LE CONTE, LL. D., author of "Elements of Geology"; "Religion and Science " ; and Professor of Geology and Natural History in the University of California. With numerous Illustrations. 12mo, cloth, $1.50.
Página 98 - Vincenzo's eagerness in his art was such as to keep him at the piano night and day, till he was obliged forcibly to leave it. The ruling passion accompanied him through his short life, and by the assiduity with which he pursued it brought on the dysentery which closed his brilliant career, peopling his last hours with the figures of those to whom his works owed so much of their success. During the moments of delirium which preceded his death, he was constantly speaking of Lablaehe, Tamburini, and...
Página 61 - Even a prima donna, who would formerly have complained at having less than three or four airs allotted to her, is now satisfied with one trifling cavatina for a whole opera.
Página 125 - I remember the last opera I saw in that merry nation, was the Rape of Proserpine ; where Pluto, to make the more tempting figure, puts himself in a French equipage, and brings Ascalaphus along with him as his valet de chambre. This is what we call folly and impertinence; but what the French look upon as gay and polite.

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