Songs and Song Writers

Front Cover
C. Scribner's sons, 1900 - Composers - 254 pages
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 77 - 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...
Page 110 - I can hardly tell you how delightful it is to write for the voice as compared with instrumental composition, and what a stir and tumult I feel within me when I sit down to it. I have brought forth quite new things in this line.
Page 110 - Since yesterday morning I have written twenty-seven pages of music (something new), of which I can tell you nothing more than that I laughed and wept for joy in composing them.
Page 175 - Liszt has rendered the heavenly calm of the poem by his wonderful harmonies in a manner which alone would secure him a place among the great masters of German song. ' Particularly the modulation from G major back into the original E major at the close of the piece is of surprising beauty.
Page 60 - ... heavenly reservoir were dashing over us, or flowing through us, more directly, with less admixture of any medium or channel, than it does in those of any other writer—even of Beethoven himself. And this immediate communication with the origin of music really seems to have happened to him. No sketches, no delay, no anxious period of preparation, no revision, appear to have been necessary. He had but to read the poem, to surrender himself to the torrent, and to put down what was given him to...
Page 69 - Schubert himself, knew how to make the piano " sing under his fingers." aloud from a book. He walked up and down the room several times, book in hand, then suddenly sat down and, as fast as his pen could travel, put the splendid ballad on paper. As he had no piano, we hurried over to the Convict, and there the Erlking was sung the same evening and received with enthusiasm.
Page 46 - Nothing shows so plainly the want of a good school of singing as Schubert's songs. Otherwise, what an enormous and universal effect must have been produced throughout the world, wherever the German language is understood, by these truly divine inspirations, these utterances of a musical clairvoyance! How many would have comprehended, probably for the first time, the meaning of such expressions as ‘speech and poetry in music...
Page 60 - In hearing Schubert's compositions, it is often as if one were brought more immediately and closely into contact with music itself, than is the case in the works of others ; as if in his pieces the stream from the great heavenly reservoir were dashing over us, or flowing through us, more directly, with less admixture of any medium or channel, than it does in those of any other writer—even of Beethoven himself. And this immediate communication with the origin of music really seems"to have happened...
Page 238 - the strongest song of the sea since Schubert's Am Meer." The rare poetic art with which Howells brings before our eyes the picture of the lover sailing away to sea, while the beloved stands on the shore and cries; followed by the picture of the wreck, and the lover lying asleep, far under, dead in his coral bed — is duplicated in the music, which shows a marvellous gift of emotional coloring in its harmonies, and is, in all other respects, a perfect song. It is not only the best of these Eight...
Page 85 - Die Nebensonnen,' and ' Der Leiermann,' are unsurpassed for melancholy among all the songs. Even in the extraordinary and picturesque energy of ' Die Post' there is a deep vein of sadness.

Bibliographic information