Lexicon of Musical Invective Critical Assaults on Composers since Beethoven's Time

ISBN-10: 039332009X
ISBN-13: 9780393320091
Edition: 2000
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 325
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Who wrote advanced cat music? What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Doodle? Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? What opera would His Satanic Majesty turn out? Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka? And finally, what third movement begins with a dog howling at midnight, then imitates the regurgitations of the less-refined or lower-middle-class type of water-closet cistern, and ends with the cello reproducing the screech of an ungreased wheelbarrow? 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. Among the eminent reviewers are George Bernard Shaw, Virgil Thomson, Hans von B?ow, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eduard Hanslick, Olin Downes, Deems Taylor, Paul Rosenfeld, and Oscar Wilde. Itself a classic, this collection of nasty barbs about composers and their works, culled mostly from contemporaneous newspapers and magazines, makes for hilarious reading and belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves?r hates ?lassical music. With a new foreword by Peter Schickele ("P.D.Q. Bach").

Nicolas Slonimsky, pianist, composer, conductor, author, lexicographer, jingle writer, and parent who spoke Latin to his daughter, died in 1996 at the age of 100.

Foreword
Prelude: Non-Acceptance of the Unfamiliar
Bartok
Beethoven
Berg
Berlioz
Bizet
Bloch
Brahms
Bruckner
Chopin
Copland
Cowell
Debussy
Franck
Gershwin
Gounod
Harris
D'Indy
Krenek
Liszt
Mahler
Milhaud

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