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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... finger was by unnatural extension weakened to such a degree, that it became all but disabled, and of course entirely unavailable for artistic purposes. This implied practically the loss of the whole right hand, and every thought of a career as an executive artist had forthwith to be relinquished. The pianoforte had lost one of its ablest representatives, but the gain of music as a whole was incommensurably greater. 2. The first favourable result of Schumann's changed prospects, was the serious commencement of theoretical studies, against which he had felt till then a strong aversion. The influence which the late attainment of this fundamental part of music had on his compositions we shall have to consider before long. But first we must now turn to an event which for the following years was to lead the whole power of his mind into a different channel. This is the starting of a new musical journal, which, under the title Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik, was soon to become the intellectual centre and mouthpiece of a new jhase in the art of sound. The circumstances under -which this remarkable birth took place are described by the father, or to speak more accurately, one of the fathers, that is our composer, in the following manner: --"At the end of 1833 there met at Leipsic every evening a number of for the greater part young musicians, principally with a view to friendly intercourse, but also in order to exchange their thoughts about the art which had become the bread and wine of their life, i.e. music. It cannot be said that the musical conditions of Germany were at that time of a very satisfactory nature. On the stage Eossini wielded the sceptre, while the piano was almost exclusively dominated by Herz and Hiinten. And nevertheless only a few...
  • ISBN13: 9781230208053
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00064
Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
Primary CategoryMusic/History & Criticism - General
Sub Category 1History/General

Richard Wagner and the Music of the Future; History and Aesthetics

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