Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time. Front Cover. Nicolas Slonimsky. Coleman-Ross Company, A few samples from Nicolas Slonimsky’s [ X/rateyourmusic/ref=nosim/,compendium] of abusive classical music reviews. Lexicon of Musical Invective has ratings and 16 reviews. Gary said: I first read this about 40 years ago. It’s a collection of critical hatchet jobs.
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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Reading these critical beat downs from our perspective can be amusing, but I’m sure the composers didn’t think they were funny if and when they read them. His opening essay “on the non acceptance of the invctive, while not amusing, is penetrating and worth the price of the book.
Apr 30, Ruth rated it really liked it. So, there’s a lot of delectable venom in this book. The reviews’ prose beginning p.
He has a constitutional aversion to what sounds beautiful Conservative critics were always complaining that new musical developments would lead to the invctive of music,” and though we all enjoy music today it’s pretty clear that “serious” music in the so-called “classical” tradition has fallen out of favor with the general public.
ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I like to turn to a random page from day to day and read the bluster. Come back to it. Not a trace of coherent melodies. View all 6 comments. Though the work is entertaining, it’s no essential addition to a home library.
Even Beethoven got into the act, saying of one critic: So bitter, painful, but hilarious in a certain weird manner. Most of us feel constrained, in person, to say politely pleasant things to mueical artists no matter what we think of their work; kf this penchant of ours endows blisteringly bad reviews with a cathartic strength that makes us read them aloud to our friends even when we don’t agree with the reviewers’ opinions Numerous composers, including Wagner, have been accused of employing ‘trained cats’ in the orchestra, for example.
Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time
A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Peter Schickele, a serious composer, is the street name of the comedian P. To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:. If the reader who has not heard Elektra desires to witness something that looks as its orchestral score sounds, let him, next summer, poke a stick into an ant hill and watch the black insects darting, angry and bewildered, biting and clawing, in a thousand directions at once.
Beethoven is here, along with Liszt, Mahler, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner Who says the world of classical music is sedate or even dull?
Creativity in performance Robert Keith Sawyer Snippet view – Paperbackpages. It is basically a collection of all sorts of negative reviews composers have gotten over the ages, but it’s not just any negative reviews, it’s the most hilarious ones!
A Young Person’s Guide to Classical Music: Lexicon of Musical Invective
Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? From the beginning to invecctive end of its measures it is simply the incredible repetition of the same rhythm I’m not so much aware of lack of good exposure, uh, availability, not a college “music appreciation” fun class classical music, but whenever I can pick up something interesting and a good lead, worth a read.
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Aug 31, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Also, the work was never updated after it ends with the generation of Bartok, Webern, and Varese–and so those hoping to read invective against Boulez, Stockhausen and others won’t find it here. Ships from and sold by olimpianbooks.
Jan 05, Christopher rated it liked it.