The Boundaries of Music and Poetry: A Study in Musical Aesthetics

G. Schirmer, 1893 - 187 Seiten

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Seite 97 - And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
Seite 96 - He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with his arm, And carry them in his bosom, And shall gently lead those that are with young.
Seite 33 - ... that thoughts stand in about the same relation to the brain as the gall to the liver, or the urine to the kidneys,"* will laugh scornfully over the spirit sought for by us, and assure us that the whole witchery is based upon the excitement of our nervous system by means of the sound-waves — as it can notoriously also be excited by means of spirituous liquors, opium, and the like.
Seite 143 - While, fraught with solemn meaning and mysterious power, Chim'd the deep-sounding bell, and prayer was bliss; A yearning impulse, undefin'd yet dear, Drove me to wander on through wood and field; With heaving breast and many a burning tear, I felt with holy joy a world reveal'd.
Seite viii - ... satisfy the Messianic longing for salvation by a totalitarian system. This erosion of ideals has no particular relevance to Judaism as such, for it is rooted in the tragic condition itself of man, in the essential ambivalence of things human and social — as the Christian would say, in original sin. It is at the same time not to be denied that the fact of a surplus of intensity among Jews, such as is peculiar to a marginal minority in constant need to justify its separateness by self-assertion,...
Seite 175 - Titan,' cause you for a moment to forget the sorrow of not having seen that heavenly country." However, but for that tradition, one would scarcely have come upon the idea of seeking anything Italian in it. This composition, with its softly blended outlines, cannot possibly give a picture of the country where (according to Goethe's expression in the " Roman elegies") Phoebus, the god, causes forms and colors to shine out. This blissfully sad musing and rhapsodizing, this amiable reverie, is so truly...
Seite 36 - fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, healed by the same means." Thus, if the effect of music is based essentially upon action on the nerves, why is it often so utterly different in the case of similarly organized men? And, nota bene, this difference stands demonstrably in direct connection with the intellectual culture of these men. On hearing a motet by Palestrina, the one feels, as it were, the awful breath of eternity. A second has a like feeling, but he is able at the same time...
Seite 53 - It conveys them in finished form, because it possesses no means for expressing the previous series of ideas which speech can clearly and definitely express. The charm of music, which one is so very much inclined to ascribe to sensuous euphony alone, lies, in a great measure, if not for the most part, in this contrasting of finished states of mind, concerning whose previous series of ideas it gives us no account; for we speak of charm when we see powerful results produced whose causes remain enveloped,...
Seite 175 - A-ma.]or symphony. If it were not too hazardous, one might say, just as from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony the local tone of the charming environs of Nussdorf, Heiligenstadt, Grinzing, etc. (near Vienna) sounds forth, only because the Master accidentally felt and conceived these tones there, there sounds in Mendelssohn's symphony not indeed the impression of Rome — the urbs ceterna, where, according to Jean Paul's expression, the spirits of heroes, artists, and saints gaze on man, seriously admonishing...
Seite 42 - Here Henry IV. held his court when king of Navarre, and Calvin and other reformers found an asylum with Queen Margaret Pop.

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