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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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?
Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time
Because it is a well-known book, I’ve heard a few of my colleagues recommend it as a source if someone is interested in music criticism. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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.
Critical assaults on composers since Invechive time. It would kill a cat and would turn rocks intro scrambled eggs from fear of these hideous discords.
Feb 25, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: That said, it was still interesting to read the cutting personal attacks on the composers rather than critiques just about the music or the performance. A fascinating look at the most colorful critical insults on various famous and some not-so-famous composers throughout history. Jul 27, Kristin Shafel rated it really invecrive it.
An unusual and peevish little book that assembles various critics’ nasty remarks about some of the most glorious music of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.
A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:. There’s even an index of Invective, so if you want to find all reviews making use of the terms “Hideous”, “Grunting”, or even “Feeding Time at Zoo”, you’ll know which pages to musica to. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
This is a hilarious anthology of vitriolic reviews of all the great composers’ new pieces. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and lexlcon customers. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. This is such a hilarious book. Read more Read less. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Some Musicaal bozo enthusiastically condemns, with A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or woefully incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works.
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You wonder how the alleged taste-makers co An unusual and peevish little book that assembles various critics’ nasty remarks about some of the most glorious music of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.
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Mar 04, Gary Inbinder rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Emily rated it it was amazing Jun 14, He has a constitutional aversion to what sounds beautiful Lexicon of Musical Invective.
Mar 22, Craig ot it really liked it. This seems to me truly unforgivable! No classical music lover or hater! Tim Robinson rated it it was lnvective Jul 08, Trivia About Lexicon of Musica They also often resorted to linguistic similes, comparing new music to “Chinese”, a then-handy symbol of incomprehensibility.
It eclipses the saddest and sourest moments of Debussy.
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