Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians

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Alfred Remy
G. Schirmer, 1919 - Music - 1094 pages
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This is the essential reference for classical musicians. Slonimsky's quirky humor permeates the book. A good example can found on page xvii (the preface to the 6th edition, which for some reason is ... Read full review

Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians

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Although longtime Baker's editor Slonimsky died in 1995, his easily recognizable, sometimes tongue-in-cheek style pervades this ninth, or "centennial," edition of his famed dictionary. Since the last ... Read full review

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Page 419 - The Troubadours: A History of Provencal Life and Literature in the Middle Ages. By FRANCIS HUEFFER.
Page 87 - The Singing Master's Assistant" (1776), "Music in Miniature" (1779). "The Psalm Singer's Amusement " (1781), " The Suffolk Harmony : Containing Tunes, Fugues and Anthems " (1786), " The Continental Harmony " (1794). Billings was, in his rough way, a pioneer of good church-music in America ; he first used the pitch-pipe, introduced the 'cello into church-choirs, and is said to have originated concerts in New F.ngland.
Page 60 - The First Verse of every Psalm of David, with an Ancient or Modern Chant, in Score, adapted as much as possible to the Sentiment of each Psalm.
Page 438 - Vlns. and a Base, with a Thorough Base for the Organ or Theorbo," the first Engl. comp. of the sort; the pop. "The Lady Katherine Attdley'i> Bells, or The Five Bell Consort,
Page 8 - ... received. She did not excel in expression, but in execution she surpassed all rivals. The extent of her register was beyond all comparison. Sacchini said he had heard her sing as high as...
Page 464 - The Sea Songs of England" (1823); "Amatory and Anacreontic Songs set to Music" (nd) ; " The Sea Songs of Charles Dibdin, with a Memoir of his Life and Writings
Page 421 - A Grammar of Counterpoint"; "The History of Modern Music" (1862); "The Third or Transition Period of Musical History " (1865) ; "The Cultivation of the Speaking Voice"; "Music in the House " (1877) ; and numerous historical and scientific mus.
Page 347 - An Historical Enquiry respecting the Performance on the Harp in the Highlands of Scotland, from the earliest times until it was discontinued about the year 1734; to which is prefixed an account of a very ancient Caledonian harp, and of the harp of Queen Mary.
Page 237 - Tones (1864), On the Physical Constitutions and Relations of Musical Chords (1864), On the Temperament of Instruments with Fixed Tones...
Page 260 - Field's nocturnes (Leipzig, 1859), they 'opened the way for all the productions which have since appeared under the various titles of Songs without Words, Impromptus, Ballades, etc, and to him we may trace the origin of pieces designed to portray subjective and profound emotion'.

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