Musical memories: my recollections of celebrities of the half century, 1850-1900

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A. C. McClurg, 1908 - Musicians - 345 pages
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Page 189 - The man who does not know Shakespeare is to be pitied; and the man who does not understand Beethoven and has noi been under his spell has not half lived his life. The master works of instrumental music are the language of the soul and express more than those of any other art. Light music, "popular...
Page 189 - Throughout my life my aim has been to make good music popular, and it now appears that I have only done the public justice in believing, and acting constantly in the belief, that the people would enjoy and support the best in art when continually set before them in a clear and intelligent manner.
Page 201 - ... on his knee. He would turn to each part when he gave the signal to come in, sometimes developing whole bars, note by note, then abruptly pausing for a beat or two, anon electrically springing into the music— feet, arms, legs, even the features of his face, moving to the tempo. He impressed his individuality upon every player, and they moved as one in the intoxicating delirium of the waltz. The effect upon the audience was almost as marvelous. All over the great building thousands of heads—...
Page 350 - Mr. Upton, in a series of comparatively brief chapters, has given us a kind of interior history of the domestic and heart relations of such composers as Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, and Wagner, filling in the larger sketches of these masters by lightly drawn but very interesting pictures of their relations with various gifted and unselfish women.
Page 152 - ... the impatient inquirer into the mysteries of 'do-re-mi-fa'; back to the memories of mighty artists, to the memories of the grand opera, memories that, impalpable and gauze-like, elude one and get mixed up with the gay and festive music hall; back, way back, back to the days when Plancus was consul, when we were all young; back to the birth of that gilded, glittering, tinselled glory, the opera bouffe stage.
Page 36 - House, Chicago, where she sang in a diningroom concert. She was singing bravura arias with the utmost ease and facility at an age when most children are contented with " Twinkle, twinkle, little star." As I recall her, I see a somewhat delicate, pale-faced, dark-browed child, with thick glossy black hair hanging in two long braids down her back, dressed in rosecolored silk, pink stockings, and pantalettes.
Page 182 - I have been thinking, as I sit here, that I have been swinging the baton fifteen years, and I do not see that the people are any farther ahead from where I began, and as far as my pockets are concerned I am not as well off." He paused a minute, then added : " But I am going to keep on if it takes another fifteen years.
Page 265 - Drusus ' Death, " Introduction and third scene of " Lohengrin," Liszt's "Tasao" and "Preludes," Schumann's Second Symphony, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It was Balatka's triumph, and it consoled him for many bitter disappointments. In 1888 the Chicago Symphony Society was organized, with Louis Wahl as president and Balatka as conductor. Five concerts and public rehearsals were announced. An orchestra of sixty players was organized. Schumann's B Flat, Rubinstein's " Ocean," Beethoven's Sixth,...
Page 190 - I have never wished to pose as an educator or a philanthropist, except in so far as I might help the public to get beyond certain so-called popular music which represents nothing more than sweet sentimentalism and rhythm on the level of the dime novel.
Page 24 - She does not show herself in the ordinary light, but in the magic rays of an aurora borealis. Her singing is infallibly pure and true ; but, above all, I admire her piano passages, the charm of which is indescribable.

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