Pleasures of music ; a reader's choice of great writing about music and musicians from Cellini to Bernard Shaw

Format: Print Book 1951
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML55.B285
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Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML55.B285
Introduction : Music and words / Jacques Barzun
Fiction: A tale of Don Juan / E.T.A. Hoffmann. Mr. Jack, composer / Bernard Shaw. A pilgrimage to Beethoven / Richard Wagner. An artist from the grocer's / Hector Berlioz. Natasha sings for her lover / Leo Tolstoy. Wine, woman, and song / Thomas Love Peacock. A meeting of the House of David / Robert Schumann. Parting serenade at Todgers's / Charles Dickens. Allegory on the composer's life / Franz Schubert. Dinner with Gambara / Honoré de Balzac. The rough diamond / Ivan Turgenev. The wandering minstrel / Carl-Maria von Weber. Murder to music / Ann Radcliffe. Christmas at Mellstock / Thomas Hardy
Criticism. Music at large: Making the rounds / Romain Rolland. Music with meals / G.K. Chesterton. The secret power of musick / Robert Burton. The spirit of jazz / Constant Lambert. Music is infinite / Sidney Lanier. The unity of music / Ferruccio Busoni. Music and nature / Jules Renard and Maurice Ravel. How music imitates / Thomas De Quincey. In praise of music / Martin Luther. The ear is not enough / P.E. Vernon. Music and the deity / Sir Thomas Browne. The idea of a song / Philip Heseltine. Music and drama: The Paris Opera in 1760 / Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Semi-operas / Roger North. The fallacy of music-drama / Edmund Gurney. Banish the libretto / Stendhal. The passionate style / Claudio Monteverdi. Mangled operas and the star system / Thomas Love Peacock. A new kind of opera / Beaumarchais. The greatness of Wagner / Friedrich Nietzsche. The limits of music / Hector Berlioz. The composer as psychologist / Camille Saint-Saëns. Bury the program / W.J. Turner. Composers and performers: Palestrina / Charles Gounod. Johann Sebastian Bach / Romain Rolland. Lulli and Rameau / Voltaire. Beethoven's day / Richard Wagner. The conductor / Claude Debussy. Handel / Samuel Butler. César Franck is inspired / Vincent d'Indy. Sir George Grove and Beethoven / Bernard Shaw. Chopin, a national poet / Franz Liszt. Mozart and modernism / Eugène Delacroix. Meyerbeer's achievement / Joseph Mazzini. The Paris of Berlioz and Liszt / Heinrich Heine. Wagner as actor / Friedrich Nietzsche. Rossini's "Barber of Seville" / Stendhal. The Russian school / Hugo Wolf. Some premières: Johann Strauss in London / Ignaz Moscheles. Fiasco in the White House / John Hill Hewitt. The first Handel festival / Charles Burney. Beethoven's "Third" and "Fifth" / various hands. First baton in London / Louis Spohr. "La traviata" in Venice / Giuseppe Verdi and Louis Engel. "Boris Godunov" / Vladimir Stassov. Bizet's "L'Arlésienne" / Lafcadio Hearn. Brahms' Second symphony / Eduard Hanslick
The musical life. Politics and patronage: Art and revolution / George Sand. Statement to the soviet / Sergei Prokofiev. An interview with the police / Hector Berlioz. Patron and professional / Molière. The Jenny Lind enterprise / P.T. Barnum. An opera is rehearsed / Leo Tolstoy. Coaching the aspirant / James Agate. When to applaud / Hugo Wolf. Rameau's nephew / Denis Diderot. Cabals and cantatori / Max Maretzek. What gives us pause / Bernard van Dieren and Ferruccio Busoni. Apropos of instruments: The organ blower's complaint / Thomas Hardy. The Russian horn / Arthur Schopenhauer. Of bells / Chateaubriand. The solitary cello / Charles Dickens. The flute / Hector Berlioz. An instrument for war and peace / Jeremy Collier. The concert hall / Frederic Harrison. The barrel organ / Princess Lieven. Music on records / B.H. Haggin. Notes on drums / Tom S. Wotton. The orchestra / anonymous
Fantasies and confessions. Sonata form in food / W.F. Apthorp. A chapter on ears / Charles Lamb. The prayer from "Moses" / Gioacchino Rossini. Musical memories / Leigh Hunt. The value of a deaf left ear / Jean-Paul Richter. My taste in classics / P.I. Tchaikovsky. Music and my father / Benvenuto Cellini and Michel de Montaigne. A cantata, with comments by other hands / Jonathan Swift. Musical brows / Rudolf Kassner. My life and works / Modeste Moussorgsky. Sing for your life / Brillat-Savarin
Correspondence: Johann Sebastian Bach ; Lord Chesterfield ; Empress Maria Theresa and Count de Mercy-Argenteau ; The Mozarts ; Christoph Willibald Gluck ; Joseph Haydn ; Thomas Jefferson ; Napoleon ; Lord Byron ; Ludwig van Beethoven ; Thomas Lovell Beddoes ; The Mendelssohns ; Carl-Maria von Weber ; Robert Schumann ; Anonymous ; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ; Nicolò Paganini ; Johannes Brahms ; Edgar Allan Poe ; Charles Baudelaire ; Alexander Borodin ; Emmanuel Chabrier ; Sydney Smith ; Giuseppe Verdi ; Franz Schubert
Maxims and good stories: Wisdom and faith ; Derision and invective ; Taradiddle ; Classic tales ; Envoy.

Additional Information
Subjects Music -- History and criticism.
Publisher New York :Viking Press,1951
Contributors Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012, editor.
Language English
Description 624 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages 611-617.
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