Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 2

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Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland
Macmillan, 1906 - Music
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Page 353 - My Prince was always satisfied with my works ; I not only had the encouragement of constant approval, but as conductor of an orchestra I could make experiments, observe what produced an effect and what weakened it, and was thus in a position to improve, alter, make additions or omissions, and be as bold as I pleased ; I was cut off from the world, there was no one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original.
Page 186 - I resolved to avoid all those abuses which had crept into Italian opera through the mistaken vanity of singers and the unwise compliance of composers, and which had rendered it wearisome and ridiculous, instead of being, as it once was, the grandest and most imposing stage of modern times.
Page 283 - Omnipotent reigneth,' they were so transported, that they all, together with the King, (who happened to be present,) started up, and remained standing till the chorus ended : And hence it became the fashion in England for the audience to stand while that part of the music is performing. Some days after the first exhibition of...
Page 405 - Catch that catch can, or a choice collection of catches, rounds, and cannons, for three or four voyces," 1652, which more closely resembles that of Autolycus.
Page 211 - Spanish missionary influence in the latter part of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries.
Page 250 - In 1806 the University of Glasgow conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D.
Page 11 - was thought a marvel, because it was so perfect, so powerful, so sonorous, and so rich in its extent, both in the high and the low parts of the register, that its equal has never been heard in our times. He was, moreover, endowed with a creative genius which inspired him with embellishments so new and so astonishing that no one was able to imitate them. The art of taking and keeping the breath, so softly and easily that no one could perceive it, began and died with him. The qualities in which he...
Page 186 - I endeavored to reduce music to its proper function, that of seconding poetry by enforcing the expression of the sentiment, and the interest of the situations, without interrupting the action, or weakening it by superfluous ornament.
Page 361 - , he says, " as when composing ' The Creation '. I knelt down every day and prayed God to strengthen me for my work.
Page 40 - ... confess that I derive little or no pleasure from these pieces, which, to my ears, are scarcely music, but mere noise. It is evident that, in such compositions, each individual singer has little room for displaying either a fine voice or good singing, and that power of lungs is more essential than either. Very good singers, therefore, are scarcely necessary, and it must be confessed, that though there are now none so good, neither are there many so bad, as I remember in the inferior characters....

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