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Shaw on Music

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This volume contains the best of Shaw's musical writing, including sections on Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Berlioz, pieces on opera, musical analysis, oratorios, Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a long autobiographical preface, one of Shaw's most self-revealing works. The result is a book of unparalleled brilliance and grace by a writer who, according to W.H. Auden, "was probably the greatest music critic who ever lived." "For all music collections." - Library ...
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Overview

This volume contains the best of Shaw's musical writing, including sections on Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Berlioz, pieces on opera, musical analysis, oratorios, Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a long autobiographical preface, one of Shaw's most self-revealing works. The result is a book of unparalleled brilliance and grace by a writer who, according to W.H. Auden, "was probably the greatest music critic who ever lived." "For all music collections." - Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557831491
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 886,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Criticism and Suicide 32
Destructive Force 32
Personal Animosity 34
Technical Analysis 36
Simply Listen 37
Electioneering 40
My Impostorship 43
Funeral March 46
Ruskin on Music 48
My Stuff and Dr Stanford 56
Gluck's Orfeo 62
Don Giovanni 67
The Mozart Centenary, 1891 73
Tuneful Little Trifles? 79
His Gentleness 81
Mozart and Beethoven 83
Beethoven's Centenary 83
Rossini Centenary, 1892 89
Weber's Der Freischutz 93
The Damnation of Faust 97
The Trombone 103
The Art of Composition 105
Das Rheingold 105
The Tone Poet 110
Bayreuth 116
Falstaff 127
A Word More about Verdi 133
Spoof Opera 146
Schonberg and Atonality 155
Acting in Opera 156
Rigoletto 157
Directing Opera 158
Cavalleria Rusticana 160
Dramatic Singing 162
A Bad Opera 164
Opera Burlesqued 169
Opera Impresario 173
The New Italian School 181
Sturgis and Sullivan 195
Gilbert and Offenbach 201
Gilbert and Solomon 203
Gilbert and Cellier 209
Gilbert, Sullivan & Others 213
Gilbert and Sullivan 214
Jane Annie 220
Music Hall 224
Christmas Pantomime 225
Bands 230
Comic Opera 233
Yvette Guilbert 239
What Is Religious? 243
Handel's Messiah 245
The Messiah Again 247
Music in Church 252
Mendelssohn's Elijah 255
A Bad Oratorio 257
Richard III as Music 264
The Marseillaise 268
In the West Country 270
As Far as Greenwich 276
Diction 280
La Vie Parisienne 283
The Popular Dramatist 290
Incidental Music 292
Paderewski 299
A Recital Lecture 302
The Public 305
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