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Lexicon of Musical Invective Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time

by Nicolas Slonimsky

  • ISBN: 9780393320091
  • ISBN10: 039332009X

Lexicon of Musical Invective Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time

by Nicolas Slonimsky

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publish date: 07/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780393320091
  • ISBN10: 039332009X
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Description: Who wrote advanced cat music? What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Doodle? Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? What opera would His Satanic Majesty turn out? Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka? And finally, what third movement begins with a dog howling at midnight, then imitates the regurgitations of the less-refined or lower-middle-class type of water-closet cistern, and ends with the cello reproducing the screech of an ungreased wheelbarrow? For the answers to these and other questions, readers need only consult the "Invecticon" at the back of this inspired book and then turn to the full passage, in all its vituperation. (Answers also below.) Among the eminent reviewers are George Bernard Shaw, Virgil Thomson, Hans von Bulow, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eduard Hanslick, Olin Downes, Deems Taylor, Paul Rosenfeld, and Oscar Wilde.

Itself a classic, this collection of nasty barbs about composers and their works, culled mostly from contemporaneous newspapers and magazines, makes for hilarious reading and belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves -or hates -- classical music.

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