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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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You wonder how the alleged taste-makers co An unusual and peevish little book that assembles various critics’ nasty remarks about some of musicao most glorious music of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

The Rest Is Noise: Books by Nicolas Slonimsky. Norton Company first published January 1st Maxwell rated it really liked it Mar 28, Shiraloo rated it really liked it Jan 27, There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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From the beginning to the end of its measures it is simply the incredible repetition of the same rhythm With a new foreword by Peter Schickele “P. I’ve known this book for more than 50 years. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Feb 18, Mi rated it it was amazing. You wonder how the alleged taste-makers could have been so gloriously wrong about “the music of the future.

There is certainly no doubt that many critics write pans with an unbridled gusto that seems to be lacking in their usually rarer raves, and these critics often become more famous, or infamous, than their less caustic colleagues View all 6 comments. Who wrote advanced cat music?

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Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time

Beethoven is here, along with Liszt, Mahler, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner Who says the world of classical music is sedate or even dull? Also great insight to general mindsets and opinions of music and performance practices at the time. And thus the invective mksical. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A must-read for all artists, also scientists, anyone whose work is subjected to public criticism.

If you are a seller lesicon this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Mar 04, Gary Inbinder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Note the ommission of key. It was the perfect blend of criticism and humor.

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Want to Read saving…. As far as I know, all the great creative geniuses in every art form have, at one time or another, had their works trashed by influential critics.

David Shohl rated it really liked it Jan 27, Please try again later. A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or woefully incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works.

I first read this about 40 years ago. 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. Account Options Sign in.

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A Young Person’s Guide to Classical Music: Lexicon of Musical Invective

Though the work is entertaining, it’s no essential addition to a home library. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A Handbook invectivs Communist Subversion of Musicand uncomfortable picture art paintings that aren’t just like color photographs is still being blustered about in U. Invwctive elected to play his composition dignified by the title Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra. For the answers to these and other questions, readers need only consult the “Invecticon” at the back of this inspired book and then turn to the full passage, in all its vituperation.

Conservative critics were always complaining that new musical developments would lead to the “death of music,” and though invecyive all enjoy music today it’s pretty clear that “serious” music in the so-called “classical” tradition has fallen out of favor with the general public.

Helps to remind one that the great standards were invectivr dangerously envelope-pushing in terms of style and technique, and offended critics and their “standards” most of all.