The Art of Music: A Comprehensive Library of Information for Music Lovers and Musicians, Volume 1

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Daniel Gregory Mason
National Society of Music, 1915 - Music

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Page 423 - At present our notions of music are so very uncertain that we do not know what it is we like, only, in general, we are transported with anything that is not English, so it be of a foreign growth, let it be Italian, French, or High Dutch, it is the same thing. In short, our English music is quite rooted out and nothing yet planted in its stead.
Page 184 - uneasy and imperfect memories of Greece and Rome had haunted Europe. Alexander, the great conqueror; Hector, the noble knight and lover; Helen, who set Troy town on fire; Virgil, the magician; Dame Venus, lingering about the hill of Horsel—these phantoms, whereof the positive historic truth was lost, remained to sway the soul and stimulate desire in myth and saga.
Page 2 - by the agency of certain muscles. These muscles, in common with those of the body at large, are excited to contraction by pleasurable and painful feelings.
Page 87 - the compositions of other good poets, lyric poets, setting them to music, and they compel Modes and Harmony to become familiar to the boys' souls in order that they may become more gentle, and, being themselves more rhythmical and harmonious, they may be serviceable in word and deed; for the whole life of man requires rhythm and harmony.
Page 3 - roar or bellow during the same season. Every one knows how much birds use their vocal organs as a means of courtship; and some species likewise perform what may be called instrumental music.
Page 428 - fit to hold a candle— Strange, all this Difference should be Twixt tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee.
Page 284 - that on account of the Gospel all the arts should be crushed out of existence as some over-religious people pretend; but I would willingly see all the arts, especially music, in the service of him who has
Page 3 - far as this serves as any guide, we may infer that they first acquired musical powers in order to attract the other sex.
Page 438 - though not near so good as he might and ought to have done. I have with great difficulty made him correct some of the
Page 438 - but he retained the overture obstinately, in which there are some passages far unworthy of Handel, but much more unworthy of the Messiah!

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