The pianoforte and its music

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C. Scribner's sons, 1911 - Piano music - 314 pages
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Page 109 - And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once : let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece : let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
Page 83 - Trenchmore, and the Cushion-Dance, and then all the Company dance, Lord and Groom, Lady and Kitchen-Maid, no distinction. So in our Court, in Queen Elizabeth's time, Gravity and State were kept up. In King James's time things were pretty well. But in King Charles's time, there has been nothing but Trenchmore, and the Cushion-Dance, omnium gatherum, tolly-polly, hoite cum toite.
Page 69 - River full of lighters and boats taking in goods, and good goods swimming in the water, and only I observed that hardly one lighter or boat in three that had the goods of a house in, but there was a pair of Virginalls in it.
Page 7 - Down he came, Down from the summit of the Olympian mount, Wrathful in heart ; his shoulders bore the bow And hollow quiver ; there the arrows rang Upon the shoulders of the angry god, As on he moved. He came as comes the night, And, seated from the ships aloof, sent forth An arrow ; terrible was heard the clang Of that resplendent bow.
Page 266 - Many think it a matter of great importance and despise such organists as do not use this or that particular fingering, which in my opinion is not worth the talk : for let a player run up and down with either first, middle, or third finger, aye even with his nose if that could help him, provided everything is done clearly, correctly, and gracefully, it does not much matter how or in what manner it is accomplished.
Page 82 - Musick in this age ... is in low esteem with the generality of people. Our late and solemn Musick, both Vocal and Instrumental, is now justled out of Esteem by the new Corants and Jigs of Foreigners, to the Grief of all sober and judicious understanders of that formerly solid and good Musick.
Page 84 - SIR ANDREW. As any man in Illyria, whatsoever he be, under the degree of my betters; and yet I will not compare with an old man. SIR TOBY. What is thy excellence in a galliard, knight? SIR ANDREW. Faith, I can cut a caper.
Page 292 - ... play the apparently impossible, but, unlike Liszt, he never indulged in any affectation or extravagance of manner in achieving his mechanical triumphs on the key-board. His strength and flexibility of wrist and finger were amazing, but he always tempered strength with delicacy. His loudest fortissimos were never noisy. His own compositions, which he chiefly played in public, enabled him best to display his astonishing virtuosity, but to be assured that Thalberg was a really great player was to...
Page 30 - ... from keyed instruments. Cristofori's invention takes precedence of the others in time. This has been established, after much controversy, beyond further dispute. In 1709 he exhibited specimens of harpsichords, with hammer-action, capable of producing piano and forte effects, to Prince Ferdinando dei Medici, of whose instruments of music he was custodian at Florence, and two years later — that is, in 1711 — his invention was fully described and the description printed, not only in Italy, but...
Page 272 - Beethoven played with his hands so very still; wonderful as his execution was, there was no tossing of them to and fro, up and down; they seemed to glide right and left over the keys, the fingers alone doing the work.

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