Studies in Thorough-bass, Counterpoint and the Art of Scientific Composition

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Schuberth, 1853 - Composition (Music) - 426 pages
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Page 20 - My dear young man," returned the other, "You must not complain; for you are neither a Goethe nor a Handel, and it is not to be expected that you ever will be; for such masters will not be born again.
Page 81 - ... was it used? 7. What was the effect of tuning the violins to A flat and D instead of to A and then to Df How has Saint-Saens effectively used it in this composition? 8. What composition by another composer tells a similar story? I can always leave off talking when I hear a master play. — Browning, Every day that we spend without learning something is a day lost.
Page 55 - sepulchred" in "the monument" of his writings, in such pomp doth lie, That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
Page 43 - ... which was large and not marked by any notch, were lined with a vascular mucous membrane. The whole substance of the Os petrosum showed a similar degree of vascularity, being traversed by vessels of considerable size, more particularly in the region of the cochlea, the membranous part of its spiral lamina appearing slightly reddened. The facial nerves were of unusual thickness, the auditory nerves, on the contrary, were shrivelled and destitute of neurina; the accompanying arteries were dilated...
Page 43 - March 27, 1827 THE corpse was very emaciated, especially in the limbs, and sown over with black Petechien; the abdomen, which was unusually dropsied, was distended and stretched. The external ear was large and irregularly formed, the scaphoid fossa but more especially the concha was very spacious and half as large again as usual : the various angles and sinuosities were strongly marked. The external auditory canal was covered with shining scales, particularly in the vicinity of the tympanum, which...
Page 43 - ... half an inch. The cavity of the Chest, together with the organs within it, was in the normal condition. In the cavity of the Abdomen four quarts of a greyish-brown turbid fluid were effused. The Liver appeared shrunk up to half its proper volume, of a leathery consistence and greenish-blue colour, and was beset with knots, the size of a bean, on its tuberculated surface, as well as in its substance; all its vessels were very much narrowed, and bloodless.
Page 174 - The two following quotations are significant of the attitude of his mind towards conservative teaching in his art : — "An antiquated rule makes it unlawful to go beyond the six nearest related keys, in a strictly conducted fugue ; but I am decidedly of opinion that one need not scruple to infringe this rule ; if a man have sharp eyes and can walk well, he may venture to go a little beyond the prescribed limits without danger.
Page 88 - ... he may venture to go a little beyond the prescribed limits without danger." "Let me not be supposed to advocate an impertinent contempt of the first principles of art, which are unchangeable ; I would only say that as time advances art has also advanced in a...
Page 88 - But while we acknowledge that the old masters were fully justified in adhering to simplicity, we cannot desire to imitate them in their blind obedience to arbitrary laws, some of which are mere millstones round the neck of Imagination, only serving to frighten the beginner and impede his progress. Time goes on, and what sufficed for one age appears to the next as a woeful short-coming!
Page 43 - The Spleen was found to be more than double its proper size, dark-colored and firm. The Pancreas was equally hard and firm, its excretory duct being as wide as a goosequill. The Stomach, together with the Bowels, was greatly distended with air. Both Kidneys were invested by cellular membrane of an inch thick, and infiltrated with a brown turbid fluid; their tissue was pale-red and opened out. Every one of their calices was occupied by a calcareous concretion of a wartlike shape and as large as a...

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