On Conducting
by Richard Wagner (9780217264495)

On Conducting
Richard Wagner
Release Date: 10 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 68
Category: Conducting
ISBN: 9780217264495
ISBN-10: 0217264492

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: (49 In the foregoing investigations I hoped to have elucidated the problem of the modification of tempo, and to have shewn how a discerning mind will recognise and solve the difficulties inherent in modern classical music. Beethoven has furnished the immortal type of what I may call emotional, sentimental music? it unites all the separate and peculiar constituents of the earlier essentially naive types; sustained and interrupted tone, cantilena and figurations, are no longer kept formally asunder?the manifold changes of a series of variations are not merely strung together, but are now brought into immediate contact, and made to merge one into the other. Assuredly, the novel and infinitely various combinations of a symphonic movement must be set in motion in an adequate and appropriate manner if the whole is not to appear as a monstrosity. I remember in my young days to have heard older musicians make very dubious remarks about the Ero'ica. Dionys Weber, at Prague, simply treated it as a Beethoven's Symphony, No. III. nonentity. The man was right in his way; he chose to recognise nothing but the Mozartian Allegro; and in the strict tempo peculiar to that Allegro, he taught his pupils at the Conservatorium to play the Eroica the result was such that one could not help agreeing with him. Yet everywhere else the work was thus played, and it is still so played to this day True, the symphony is now received with universal acclamations; but, if we are not to laugh at the whole thing, the real reasons for its success must be sought in the fact that Beethoven's music is studied apart from the concert-rooms?particularly at the piano?and its irresistible power is thus fully felt, though in rather a round-about way. If fate had not furnished such a path of safety, and if our ...

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