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How to Appreciate Music

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Author: Gustav Kobbé
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,551 / 197 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51
LoC Category: ML
Downloads: 2,170
Added to site: 2010.12.09
mnybks.net#: 29858
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Music, Instructional
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he great names in musical history.

I am somewhat of a radical in my musical opinions, one of those persons of advanced views who does not lift his eyes reverentially heavenward every time the words "symphony" and "sonata" are mentioned. In fact, I am most in sympathy with the liberating tendencies of modern music, which lays more stress upon the expression of life and truth than upon the exact form in which these are sought to be expressed. Nevertheless, I am quite aware that only through the gradual development and expansion of forms that now may be growing obsolete has music achieved its emancipation from the tyranny of form. Therefore, while I would rather listen to a Wagner music-drama than to a Mozart opera, or might go to more trouble to hear a Richard Strauss tone poem than a Beethoven symphony, I am not such an unconscionable heretic as to be unaware of the great, the very great part played by the Mozart opera and the Beethoven symphony in the evolution of music, or their importance in the orde

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