The Divine Fire

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H. Holt, 1904 - 597 pages
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Page 603 - By mail, $ 1.91. <JA brilliant, sympathetic and authoritative work covering musical sound, the voice, musical instruments, construction aesthetics and the history of music. A veritable musical cyclopedia, with some thousand topics in the index.
Page 603 - WF APTHORP in the TRANSCRIPT :— Admirably written in its way, capitally indexed, and of genuine value as a handy book of reference. It contains an immense amount of condensed information on almost every point connected with the art which it were well for the intelligent music-lover to know. . . . Mr. Marchant has done his hard task of translating exceedingly well. . . . Well worth buying and owning by all who are interested in musical knowledge. WJ HENDERSON in the NY...
Page 603 - A truly wonderful production ; . . . a long and exhaustive account of the manner of using the instruments of the orchestra, with some highly instructive remarks on coloring. . . . Harmony he treats not only very fully, but also in a new and intensely interesting way Counterpoint is discussed with great thoroughness. ... It seems to have been his idea when he began to let no interesting topic escape. . . . The wonder is that the author has succeeded in making those parts of the book which ought naturally...
Page 603 - ... has put before the reader more clearly than any other writer on the subject with whom we are acquainted. . . The pictures of the instruments are clear and very helpful to the reader . . . It should have a wide circulation. . . It will serve as a general reference book for either the musician or the music-lover. It will save money in the purchase of a library by filling the places of several smaller books . . . it contains references to other works which constitute a complete directory of musical...
Page 604 - Excellent reason for appearance * * * It is something more than a mere topographical survey ; the daily life of the people is described as vividly as their streets, their houses, and the mere external aspects of their week to week existence * Brings each scene directly before the eye of the reader.
Page 140 - twould win me That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome ! those caves of ice ! And all who heard should see them there, And all should cry, Beware ! Beware ! His flashing eyes, his floating hair ! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise.
Page 600 - A very humorous story, dealing with English society, growing out of certain experiences of the author while a member of our Embassy in London. The elephant's experiences, also, are based on facts. The Nation: " He is probably funny because he cannot help it.
Page 38 - It saw in her, not the incarnation of the rosy moment, but the eternal sacrifice of woman, the tragedy of her abasement, her obedience to the world.
Page 601 - Enquirer : *' Never has the peculiar brand of humor which South America affords been more skilfully exploited than by Arthur Colton in The Belted Seas . . . . It is a joyous book, and he were a hardened reader indeed who would not chortle with satisfaction over Kid Saddler's adventures at Portate .... Many of the stories are uproariously funny and recall Stockton at his best, yet with a human appeal, pathetic rather than comic — two of the very best qualities which vibrate in Mark Twain's work."...
Page 601 - The best thing about these stories is that they are told just as they happened — at least so it seems. It seems to be the old sea captain talking rather than a literary man writing, to produce which illusion is, of course, the perfection of literary art.

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