Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 3

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Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland
Macmillan Company, 1907 - Music
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Page 375 - Prentice. I have often wished that our tragedians would copy after this great master in action. Could they make the same use of their arms and legs, and inform their faces with as significant looks and passions, how glorious would an English tragedy appear with that action which is capable of giving a dignity to the forced thoughts, cold conceits, and unnatural expressions of an Italian opera...
Page 62 - Nous entrerons dans la carrière Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus ; Nous y trouverons leur poussière Et la trace de leurs vertus. Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre Que de partager leur cercueil, Nous aurons le sublime orgueil De les venger ou de les suivre ! Aux armes, citoyens ! formez vos bataillons ! Marchons ! qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons ! 1794 M.-J.
Page 295 - Cherubino, alia .vittoria, alia gloria militar," which he gave out with Stentorian lungs, the effect was electricity itself, for the whole of the performers on the stage, and those in the orchestra, as if actuated by one feeling of delight, vociferated Bravo ! Bravo! Maestro. Viva, viva, grande Mozart.
Page 302 - After supper, the young branches of our host had a dance, and Mozart joined them. Madame Mozart told me that, great as his genius was, he was an enthusiast in dancing, and often said that his taste lay in that art rather than in music.
Page 375 - I AM very sorry to find, by the opera bills for this day, that we are likely to lose the greatest performer in dramatic music that is now living, or that perhaps ever appeared upon a stage.
Page 374 - Nicolini, who sets off the character he bears in an opera by his action, as much as he does the words of it by his Voice.
Page 15 - The first sett, Of Italian Madrigalls Englished, Not to the sense of the original! dittie, but after the affection of the Noate.
Page 190 - Vogler' s house. This notorious Abbe, regarded by some people MEYERBEER. 821 as the most profound theoretician of Germany, by others (including Mozart) as an impudent charlatan, was possessed of some originality, much eccentricity, and unbounded conceit, not so much a learned man as an enthusiast for learning in the abstract, and with a mania for instructing others. His imperturbable self-confidence ('he gives out that he will make a composer in three weeks and a singer in six months...
Page 48 - Henry to revive and rectifie the same by ordayning an establishment of one certaine measure, which was beaten in his presence at Greenwich, anno 1610.
Page 294 - I declare to you before God as a man of honour, that your eon is the greatest composer that 1 know, either personally or by reputation; he has taste, and beyond that the most consummate knowledge of the art of composition.