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Shakespeare and Music

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,985 / 171 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.8
LoC Category: ML
Downloads: 723
Added to site: 2011.10.24
mnybks.net#: 30916
Genre: Music

Christopher Wilson accounts for and gives his comments on different attempts to give music to Shakespeares plays.

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+August Enna+, a Danish composer, wrote an opera founded on Shakespeare's play, which was produced at the Royal Opera House, Copenhagen, in 1894; but, with the exception of the overture, none of it has been performed in London. The overture was played under Sir Henry Wood by the Queen's Hall Orchestra on July 6, 1912. The opera was not a success in Copenhagen, in spite of the popularity of the composer and the natural sympathy he would receive from his compatriots. The critics said that he was obviously too much under the double influence of Wagner and Verdi, and, though admiring his prodigious technique in orchestration, gave him otherwise but faint praise. Enna was born May 13, 1860. He was largely self-taught; but, with the help of Niels Gade, won the Ancker Scholarship, a sort of Danish "Prix de Rome," which enabled him to study in Germany and acquire a considerable technique--a useful possession for a modern grand-opera composer.

+Rodolphe Kreutzer+, whose violin exercises have driven thousand

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