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The Enjoyment of Art

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,036 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48
LoC Category: N
Downloads: 847
Added to site: 2008.11.08 22579
Genre: Criticism

The picture and the man -- The work of art as symbol -- The work of art as beautiful -- Art and appreciation -- The artist.

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lity of recognizing it immediately, so in the domain of music there is an order of composition which seems to aim at imitation,--the so-called "descriptive" music. A popular audience is delighted with the "Cats' Serenade," executed on the violins with overwhelming likeness to the reality, or with, the "Day in the Country," in which the sun rises in the high notes, cocks crow, horses rattle down the road, merrymakers frolic on the green, clouds come up in the horns, lightning plays in the violins, thunder crashes in the drums and cymbals, the merrymakers scatter in the whole orchestra, the storm passes diminuendo, and in the muted violins the full moon rises serenely into a twilight sky. Here the intention is easily understood; the layman cannot fail to recognize what the composer wanted to say. And as in the case of pictures which interest the beholder because he can translate their subject into the terms which are his own medium of expression, that is, words, so with descriptive music, broadly speaking, the



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