Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - National Schools

"To turn now to his achievements, it may be asserted that Tchaikowsky was marvellously versatile, composing in every form save for the organ."
(location 4254, Kindle Edition)

"The music is more or less, like many of Moussorgsky's songs, written in imitation of the old folk-songs, folk dances, ceremonial chants, and festival tunes."
(location 4482, Kindle Edition)

"Smetana's style is thoroughly original, his form is free yet coherent and he has a color sense and power of orchestral description peculiar to his race."
(location 4500, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - The Modern French School

"Since d'Indy is on record as saying, 'There is in art, truly, nothing but the heart that can produce beauty,' it is evident that he believes in the emotional element in music."
(location 3979, Kindle Edition)

"This return to the greater flexibility and variety of the old modes is a significant feature in modern music and Debussy's example in this respect has been highly beneficial."
(location 4062, Kindle Edition)

"The French nature, which is highly emotional and yet, at its best, always controlled [304] by a regard for fitness and clarity of thought, is particularly suited to express itself worthily in music, for in no other form of artistic endeavor is this balance more requisite."
(location 4205, Kindle Edition)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - Franck

"C├ęsar Franck (1822-1890) was a composer of such innate spirituality that to analyze and classify him in a formal manner seems well-nigh irreverent."
(location 3700, Kindle Edition)

"Thus the structure represents a carefully planned union of the variation form and the sonata-form which were special favorites of Franck."
(location 3953, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - Brahms

"Although Brahms never lets us forget that he is a Teuton, there are frequent traces in his compositions of the Hungarian element—so dear to all the Viennese composers—as well as of German folk-songs."
(location 3347, Kindle Edition)

"His music, therefore, must be approached reverently, sympathetically and with an earnest desire for a better understanding, for Brahms is veritably a giant."
(location 3673, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Music: An Art and a Language - Reading Together - Berlioz and Liszt


"As Berlioz stands as the foremost representative of program music and never wrote anything without a title, it is certain that before his music or influence can be appreciated, the mind must be cleared of prejudice and we must recognize that modern program music is a condition—an artistic fact, not a theory—and that the tendency towards specific, subjective expression (whether manifested in song, opera or symphonic poem) is a dominant one among present day composers."
(location 2956, Kindle Edition)

"Liszt's works are too full of originality and striking expressiveness to deserve permanently the neglect that has been their lot. Be, however, the ultimate fate of these works what it may, there will always remain to Liszt the fame of a daring striver, a fruitful originator and a wide-ranging quickener."
(location 3302, Kindle Edition)

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