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Page 14 - There are few instances of a voice so limited in compass (barely exceeding an octave), so inferior in quality, so weak, so habitually out of tune as his ... (yet] with his wondrously limited means so shaped and turned to account by Genius, as to make every limit, every defect, forgotten and forgiven'.
Page 236 - Never did any young lady, whose private claims to modest respect were so great as hers are known to be — with such self-denial, fling off their protection, in her resolution to lay hold of her public, at all risks. — Her performances at times approached offence against maidenly reticence and delicacy.
Page 156 - Ulysse,' 'Le Medecin malgre lui,' 'Faust,' 'Philemon et Baucis,' a superb Cecilian mass, two excellent symphonies, and half a hundred songs and romances, which may be ranged not far from Schubert's and above any others existing in France, is one of the very few individuals left to whom musical Europe is now looking for its pleasure.
Page 47 - Nothing stranger, more incomplete in its completeness, more unspeakably indicating a new and masterful artist can be recorded than that first appearance. She looked older than her years; her frame (then a mere reed) quivered this way and that; her character dress seemed to puzzle her, and the motion of her hands as much. Her voice was hardly settled even within its...
Page 48 - ... and masterful artist can be recorded than that first appearance. She looked older than her years; her frame (then a mere reed) quivered this way and that; her character dress seemed to puzzle her, and the motion of her hands as much. Her voice was hardly settled even within its own...