Music for Fun
by Sigmund Gottfried Spaeth (9781406739244)

Music for Fun
Sigmund Gottfried Spaeth
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Category: Music
ISBN: 9781406739244
ISBN-10: 1406739243

Music for Fun By SIGMUND SPAETH BLUE RIBBON BOOKS, GARDEN CITY, N. Y. 1943 BLUE RIBBON BOOKS COPYRIGHT, 1939, BY SIGMUND SPAETH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS BOOK, OR PARTS THEREOF, MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHERS CL PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO My friends and fupils in Hawaii, who contributed so much to the making of this look and have so thoroughly lived up to its title RflSAS CITY KO PUBLIC LIBRARY Preface trouble with music is that the people who know the most about it generally get very little fun out of it. On. the other hand, those who hon estly enjoy music, but admit they know nothing about it, often have their pleasure spoiled by an inferiority complex which is assiduously fed by those superior beings who, by training or talent or both, have achieved the rank of artist quot or quot critic 1 or quot scholar. quot Plenty of books have b en written for the ones who already know quite a lot about music, and perhaps too many for those who know something but are willing to be taught more. Comparatively little has been written for those who are frankly ignorant of the whole sub ject. They have been encouraged to say quot It s all over my head or, at best, 4 amp lt I don t know anything about music but I know what I like They have been led to believe that the entire art is shrouded in mystery, which oaly the elect caa penetrate, and that they will be satis fied with dumb reverence if they know their place. vii Preface The old-fashioned teacher started with the thesis that music was hard work, which it unquestionably had been for him. It was presented to the pupil as a duty and a drudgery. The idea that anybody could have quite a lot offun with music without particularly working at it never seemed to occur to anyone. Even today that suggestion horrifies most of the highbrows. It is just beginning to be realized that music might occasionally be worth pursuing merely for pleasure, without any thought of impressing other people by one s perform ance or scholarship, and certainly without any intention of making a living out of it. Let there be no misunderstanding as to this writer s attitude in the matter. He admits that to become a pro fessional musician, or even a good amateur, is a difficult task, requiring the hardest kind of work, plus a certain amount of talent. But he also believes that there are millions of people who could have fun with music, just as they have fan with eating drinking, sleeping, and breathing, without the slightest technical knowledge of the subject. This book is written for those millions, and the less they know about music the better. It assumes merely that a majority of people respond to some kind of music with pleasure, and that they might enjoy expres sing this pleasure more definitely and consciously, though not a bit less sincerely, than they now do. It accepts the fact that multitudes of honest music lovers are by nature incapable of the sort of performance Preface that would satisfy even themselves, not to mention the neighbors but it nevertheless insists that some participa tion in music is possible for far more people than perhaps realize it at present, so long as their standards are not too high. The underlying thought is always, quot If you yourself are enjoying music, either as a participant or as a lis tener, that is all that matters. You do not have to inflict your performance oryour tastes on anyone else. Nor do you have to go through a lot of dull drudgery in order to show off your skill to people who might not appre ciate it after all. So long as you are having a good time expressing yourself musically, don t worry about the effect on others. They don t have to listen. quot This book merely tries to stimulate such a normal enthusiasm for music...

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