Musicians Essays On Music

15 OCTOBER 1881, Page 24

Music and Musicians : Essays and Criticisms by Robert Schumann.

Translated, edited, and annotated by Fanny Raymond Ritter. (Wi!- Ham Reeves.)—Miss (or Mrs. ?) Ritter's comparison of Schumann's essays on musical criticism to the literary criticism of Matthew Arnold and Sainte-Benve, to the wsthetic criticism of M. Taine, raises an interesting question,—How far is music capable of literary criticism ? In expressing a judgment on poetry or prose, the critic himself is working in the same art which he is considering in a par- ticular manifestation. The faculty or skill by which he is enabled to judge is closely allied to that by which he records his decision. This seems to be supported by the fact that most good literary critics have also been masters of style, and so have been able to convey their impressions in the most enduring and truthful manner. When we come to music, the case is materially altered, if any- thing beyond a relation of facts is attempted. The writer who seeks to give a really critical examination of any particular specimen or school of music, is at once confronted by the objection that to give his opinion of one art he is obliged to translate it into the terms of a distinct art, and that his reader has the same process to perform in reverse order. Where is the middle term between music and litera- ture which will allow of a just literary expression of a musical quality ? Of course, the same objection applies to criticism of painting, though to a much smaller degree, on account of the greater exactitude of the resthetic vocabulary and the more definite character of the subject. To come to Schumann. The second series of his essays should be welcome to all cultivated musicians, whether amateur or professional. We would venture, also, to advise those readers of literary criticism who are not musical to give some time to Schumann's writings. They will find that he possesses a geniality, an urbanity, and a tolerance which will certainly repay their hardihood. Some of Schumann's sayings have a truth-like tenacity. "German composers usually fail on account of their desire of pleasing the public," seems to us to have an applica- tion not limited by nationality. Fortunately, illustrations are not want- ing. Of Lackner he says :—" Certain half-geniuses are to be found

One of their wings is that of genius, the other is plumed with waxen feathers."


Music in My Life Essay

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Music, it's a part of everyone's life. From childhood sing-a-long songs, to garage grunge music, and everything in between music is everywhere. Growing up with an extremely musical background it was in my genes that I would become a musician. Playing music has helped me become the person I am by being a release for my anger, broadening my future and make new friends.. I first joined the band in the fourth grade playing the drums. I played for about two weeks then I quit because I didn't like it, mostly because of the teacher. In the sixth grade we got a new music teacher and told me I look like a trumpet player, so I gave it a try. I was taking music lessons but after the first one my music teacher told me she had to leave because she…show more content…

When I get into fights with my step dad which to this day is still a problem instead of resorting to violence I would go and blare by favorite song at the time over and over again. Also after having a hard time in high school being wrongfully suspended twice instead of dropping out or giving up I had my bass to return home to home to sit for hours and write songs, hundreds of songs. The songs would relate to my feelings. Some songs would be hard full of hate and anger but some songs were mellow with sad heart filled lyrics. If it weren't for these songs to write I you would not be sitting here reading my paper. The girls in high school were also a reason for writing songs and playing trumpet. In all of my high school all my relationships I was cheated on. This caused for harsh break ups, uncalled for arguments, and an untrusting Nick Henry. High school years where trying times and if it wasn't for my music things would not have turned out they way they have. Music equals life, or the saying goes. I feel if I had dropped out of band I would have missed out on a great experience. The ability to play music is something that will live on in you for the rest of your life. Unlike playing a sport you can't ever get worn out or injured and lose the talent. All through school I played sports from baseball to soccer, sure it was fun but it was never my calling, but just being able to play music for a live audience is a feeling that is so amazing there are not enough

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