Famous American Composers: Being a Study of the Music of this Country, and of Its Future, with Biographies of the Leading Composers of the Present Time

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L.C. Page, 1900 - Composers - 452 pages
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Page 238 - Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves, And ye that on the sands with printless foot Do chase the ebbing Neptune and do fly him When he comes back...
Page 289 - Hale the following choice bit of critical sarcasm: Mr. Whiting had, and no doubt has, high ideals. Sensuousness in music seemed to him as something intolerable, something against public morals, something that should be suppressed by the selectmen. Perhaps he never went so far as to petition for an injunction against sex in music; but rigorous intellectuality was his one aim. He might have written A Serious Call to Devout and Holy Composition, or A Practical Treatise upon Musical Perfection, to which...
Page 53 - to heighten the darkness of tragedy by making it follow closely on the heels of triumph.
Page 122 - A king of France, with twenty thousand men, Marched up a hill, and then — marched down again.
Page 434 - Spinning Song " is inexpressibly sad, and such music as women best understand, and therefore ought to make best. But womanliness equally marks "The Grief of Love," which is in every sense big in quality ; marks the bitterness of " Oh, What Comes over the Sea," the wailing Gaelic sweetness of the "Irish Love Song," and the fiery passion of "Betrayed," highly dramatic until its rather trite ending. " Nameless Pain " is superb. Her " Lament " I consider one of the greatest of songs, and proof positive...
Page 383 - They have the night, who had like us the day; We, whom day binds, shall have the night as they. We, from the fetters of the light unbound, Healed of our wound of living, shall sleep sound.
Page 207 - is in G minor, and begins with an Allegro in which a most original and and severe subject is developed with infinite grace and an unusually rich color. The Andante is religioso, and is fervent rather than sombre. The ending is especially beautiful. A sprightly Scherzo follows. It is most ingeniously contrived, and the effects are divided with unusual impartiality among the instruments. A curious and elaborate allegro molto furnishes the finale, and ends the "Nonet" surprisingly with an abrupt major...
Page 111 - Above everything we need melody — melody and rhythm. Rhythm is the great thing. We have it in Nature. The trees sway, and our steps keep time, and our very souls respond.
Page ix - The only thing that inclines me to invade the privacy of the American composer and publish his secrets, is my hearty belief, lo, these many years! that some of the best music in the world is being written here at home, and that it only needs the light to win its meed of praise.
Page 65 - ... rigging and the panic of the crew, and all wrought up to a demoniac climax at the wreck. As the stranded Gulliver falls asleep the music hints his nodding off graphically. The entrance of the Lilliputians is perhaps the happiest bit of the whole delicious work. By adroit devices in orchestration their tiny band toots a minute national hymn of irresistible drollery. The sound of their wee hammers and the rest of the ludicrous adventures are carried off in unfailing good humor. The scene finally...

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