The Violin: Being an Account of that Leading Instrument and Its Most Eminent Professors, from Its Earliest Date to the Present Time: Hints to Amateurs, and Anecdotes

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R. Cocks and Company, 1878 - Music - 276 pages
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Page 235 - That is indeed but little for a man to get, who does best that which so many endeavour to do. There is nothing, I think, in which the power of art is shown so much as in playing on the fiddle. In all other things we can do something at first. Any man will forge a bar of iron, if you give him a hammer ; not so well as a smith, but tolerably. A n'.an will saw a piece of wood, and make a box, though a clumsy one ; but give him a fiddle and a fiddlestick, and he can do nothing.
Page 286 - We then asked him what could have induced him to think of fiddling at a time of such peril ; and he replied that he had remarked in his progress through life that there was nothing in...
Page 52 - He dreamed, one night, in the year 1713, that he had made a compact with the Devil, who promised to be at his service on all occasions ; and, during this vision...
Page 18 - ... of their heads, and the manner in which they were made to move, evinced the ignorance and inattention of the managers; the dialogues were mere jumbles of absurdity and nonsense, intermixed with low immoral discourses passing between Punch and the fiddler, for the orchestra rarely admitted of more than one minstrel; and these flashes of merriment were made offensive to decency by the actions of the puppet. In the reign of James II. there was a noted merry-andrew named Philips; " This man," says...
Page 285 - We took another spell of listening, and now the musician struck up, in a brisk and lively manner, "Over the water to Charley.
Page 114 - He has long legs and arms, and the hands in his playing often assume the attitude of prayer, with the fingers pointed upwards. The highest notes (contrary to every thing we have learnt) are produced as the hand recedes from the bridge, overturning all our previous notions of the art. During these effects a book caught fire upon one of the desks, which burnt for some time unobserved by the musicians, who could neither see nor hear, though repeatedly called to by the audience, anything but the feats...
Page 53 - He awoke with the violence of his sensations, and instantly seized his fiddle, in hopes of expressing what he had just heard, but in vain : he, however, then composed a piece which is, perhaps, the best of all his works, and called it the Devil's Sonata...
Page 22 - About this time it was that Dr. John Wilkins, warden of Wadham, the greatest curioso of his' time, invited him ( Baltzar } and some of the musitians to his lodgings in that Coll. purposely to have a consort, and to see and heare him play.
Page 113 - At the hazard of my ribs, I placed myself at the Opera door two hours and a half before the concert began. Presently, the crowd of musicians and violinists filled the Colonnade to suffocation, all anxious to get the front seat, because they had to pay for their places, Paganini not giving a single ticket away.
Page 21 - Musitians, would be somtimes amongst them, but Mr Low, a proud man, could not endure any common Musitian to come to the meeting, much less to play among them. Among these I must put Joh. Haselwood, an Apothecary, a starch'd formal clister-pipe, who usually play'd on the BassViol, and sometimes on the Counter-Tenor. He was very conceited of his skil (tho...

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