The Biography of Leopold de Meyer: Imperial and Royal Court Pianist, by Diploma, to Their Majesties the Emperors of Austria and Russia

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Palmer and Clayton, 1845 - 32 pages

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Page 25 - That through the lazy snmmer hours Singeth its lonely fountain song, Like a continuous dream, Which lasts through an evening long, When the amber glory crouches In gold on the heavy west, And the beautiful purple blushes Flush twilight's heavy breast. And then again like the pealing thunder, Which tears the dark grey clouds asunder, Startling sense and thought, With the passion suddenly uttered, As if a fiery fancy wrought In every teeming note That...
Page 23 - Is past. The sunshine wakes — The young birds sing again, And the lazy ear's listening pleasure catches A voice of delight alone ; As if a bubbling stream Were chanting its joy on its way, To a thrush that is crouching over its sparkle On a bending ash's spray. — A change — again — Such a deep, deep melancholy Fills me with its weird-like woe As the doleful cadences come and goSuch a deep, deep melancholy — I could almost weep.
Page 25 - On rtill — methinks thy music is The voice of nature's God. Modifying, Breathing, dying, Hoping, sighing, Sobbing, crying, Thirsting and enjoying, Laughing, cloying, As universal nature doth, East, west, and north, and south, Beneath the golden air. Methinks a maid's young heart Lends to that music part Of all the pensive thoughts that lie In the lasting agony Of her unsettled love ; Like the voice of a dove Who sin^eth from a fresh brake, In the morning, to its mate.
Page 25 - But what shall we say of Leopold de Meyer? We are almost fearful of venturing on remarks concerning his playing. The more we hear him, it is certain, the more he astonishes us. When he is first heard attentively, you feel a sort of thankfulness he has concluded, for, the difficulties he surmounts are so astonishing, you insensibly attribute their faultlessness either to some obliquity in...
Page 11 - BO pleased as when presented with that which is now considered inexplicable, and was hitherto believed impossible. The history of pianoforte playing is the history of every mechanical art. The first performer received adequate praise for his simple effects. The simple effects palled on the ear. Another came, and improved on his predecessor, and thus it continued, link by link, until we rind the chain almost completed, beginning with the easy and ending with the wonderful.
Page 25 - ... tautology, we must give it up as an impracticable task to criticise Leopold de Meyer's performance until he leaves something to find fault with, or is surpassed by some one else in his mirabilia — both of which we place in the category of impossibilities. We understand M. de Meyer departs for America in the autumn. Nobody can doubt of the immense •ensation he must create in Yankeeland.
Page 29 - Beriot to transmit to you the gold medal which was awarded to yon by the Cercle des Beaux Arts, at Brussels. It is some time since this medal has been struck, but we were not aware how to forward it to you in safety ; the diploma of honorary member of the society, which was decreed yon at the same time, has been sent to the residence of the Prince de Chimay, to Mtsmars, in France, but has not yet been returned to us.
Page 25 - Play on; I love to hear the sound Thundering through the startled air, As if a tempest sighed around The lone and listening ear; Then dying Like a pleasant zephyr, gently sighing Over the painted and waving flowers, Till every key Utters a harmony Like the murmur of the wind Lost in the beautiful heads That bow o'er those...
Page 25 - Meyer is unquestionably twenty times in greater repute as a performer, among musical men in England, than he was at the commencement of the season. This is standing and defying the ordeal. They who know the difficulties of the instrument, and the years of intense application it requires to become an ordinary good pianist, must better appreciate the wonders wrought tnnn Meyer's fingers than the mass of listeners that roar at his thunders.
Page 11 - His harmonics are always masterly, and frequently novel and ingenious in the highest degree. If he made composition his study, I think he would become a great writer. What I have seen of his in print bears testimony to an elegant fancy, and a mind dawning into greatness. I do not speak of the comnpsitions he plays In public.

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