A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) (Volume by G. Grove

By G. Grove

It is a reissue of the 1st version of George Grove's Dictionary of track and Musicians, which has for the reason that developed to turn into the most important and such a lot authoritative paintings of its sort in English. The venture grew within the making: the name web page of quantity 1 (1879) refers to 'two volumes', yet by the point quantity four seemed in 1889 there has been additionally a 300-page appendix and a separate index quantity. The dictionary was once a global project, with individuals from Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, Vienna and Boston along these dependent in Britain. It used to be 'intended to provide an excellent and lengthy stated wish' bobbing up from the elevated curiosity in all facets of track, which was once 'rapidly turning into a vital department of education', and to cater for the pro whereas being obtainable to the beginner. it's a attention-grabbing record of musical tastes and values within the overdue Victorian interval.

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Through all the difficulties and vicissitudes of theatrical life, nothing occurred to interrupt their intercourse, though evidence is not wanting that Adamberger's temper was none ADAMS, THOMAS, was born Sept. 5, 1785. He commenced the study of music, under Dr. Busby, at eleven years of age. In 1802 he obtained the appointment of organist of Carlisle Chapel, Lambeth, which he held until 1814, in which year (on March 22) he was elected, after a competition in playing with twenty-eight other candidates, organist of the church of St.

The best mode of accompanying a single voice in compositions of the kind under consideration was fully illustrated by Handel in the slightly instrumented songs of his oratorios, combined with his own way of reducing his thorough-bass figuring of the same into musical sounds. Most musical readers will readily recall many songs so scored. The tradition as to Handel's method of supplying the intermediate harmonies has been handed down to our own time in the following way. The late Sir George Smart, at the time of the Handel festival in Westminster Abbey in 1784, was a youthful chorister of the Chapel Royal of eight years of age ; and it fell to his lot to turn over the leaves of the scores of the music for Joah Bates, who, besides officiating as conductor, presided at the organ.

It was owing to this friendship that Adam was able to connect his name with a work vastly superior to his own powers, Boieldieu's ' Dame Blanche,' of which he composed or rather combined the overture. By Boieldieu's advice and example also our composer's talent was led to its most congenial sphere of action, the comic opera. Adam's first connections with the stage were of the humblest kind. which post he soon advanced to that of accompanyist at the same theatre. His first independent attempt at dramatic composition was the one-act operetta of 'Pierre et Catherine,' brought out at the Opera Comique in 1829.

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