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Great Musical Composers German, French, and Italian   By: (1840-)

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The Camelot Series. Edited by Ernest Rhys.

GREAT MUSICAL COMPOSERS

German, French, and Italian

by

GEORGE T. FERRIS

Edited, with an Introduction by Mrs. William Sharp

London Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane Paternoster Row 1887

CONTENTS.

PAGE

INTRODUCTION vii

BACH 1

HANDEL 7

GLUCK 36

HAYDN 46

MOZART 59

BEETHOVEN 70

SCHUBERT AND SCHUMANN 87

CHOPIN 103

WEBER 115

MENDELSSOHN 124

WAGNER 131

PALESTRINA 147

PICCINI, PAISIELLO, AND CIMAROSA 154

ROSSINI 175

DONIZETTI AND BELLINI 200

VERDI 213

CHERUBINI AND HIS PREDECESSORS 226

MÉHUL, SPONTINI, AND HALÉVY 260

BOÏELDIEU AND AUBER 273

MEYERBEER 281

GOUNOD 297

BERLIOZ 310

APPENDIX: CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 335

[Decoration]

Introduction.

The following biographical sketches were originally published in America by Mr. George T. Ferris, in two volumes, separately entitled The Great German Composers and The Great Italian and French Composers . They have achieved the success they deserved: for while we have whole libraries of books upon the history and technicalities of music in general, upon musical theories and schools, and upon the exponents thereof in their artistic capacity, there has been a distinct dearth of treatises dealing in a brief and popular fashion with the lives of eminent composers themselves. Now, when music is "mastered and murdered" in almost every house throughout the length and breadth of the land, there can be no doubt that compilations of this kind must be welcome to a very large number we will not say of musical students, but of lovers of music. There are, it would be needless to attempt to prove, great numbers of the music loving public, who practically have no facilities towards making acquaintance with the leading facts in the lives of those men whose compositions they have such a genuine delight in rendering: to these mainly is such a book as Great Composers addressed. But, indeed, to every one interested in music and musicians the volume can hardly fail to be of interest. In his preface to The Great Italian and French Composers , Mr. Ferris explained that as was very manifest "the task of compressing into one small volume suitable sketches of the more famous Italian and French composers was, in view of the extent of field and the wealth of material, a somewhat embarrassing one, especially as the purpose was to make the sketches of interest to the general music loving public, and not merely to the critic and scholar. The plan pursued has been to devote the bulk of space to composers of the higher rank, and to pass over those less known with such brief mention as sufficed to outline their lives, and fix their place in the history of music."

To The Great German Composers he prefaces a few words which may be quoted "The sketches of composers contained in this volume may seem arbitrary in the space allotted to them... Continue reading book >>




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