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Cambridge Library Collection - Music: The Music of Nature: Or, An Attempt to Prove that What Is Passionate and Pleasing in the Art of Singing, Speaking and Performing upon Musical Instruments, Is Derived from the Sounds of the Animated World (Paperback)William Gardiner (author)
Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 31/07/2014
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The English composer and concert producer William Gardiner (1770-1853) published this work in 1832 in order to explain the 'true principles of musical taste and expression' by listening to the 'germs of melody' in nature. Here he musically notates the sounds of oxen, a Newfoundland dog, a blackbird, a cooing dove and even an angry child in an attempt to combine natural history, personal observation and historical anecdotes with his passion for music. Notable for introducing Beethoven's music to Britain, Gardiner sets out his general beliefs about the adaptability of the human ear, the differences between noise and sound, singing and oratory, and the musicality of ordinary language. He also discusses many noted singers of his day and delves into the different techniques used by singers and instrumentalists to elicit emotion in their audiences.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
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