Read Lexicon of Musical Invective – Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven′s Time book reviews & author details and more at Lexicon of Musical Invective has ratings and 16 reviews. Gary said: I first read this about 40 years ago. It’s a collection of critical hatchet jobs. A few samples from Nicolas Slonimsky’s [ X/rateyourmusic/ref=nosim/,compendium] of abusive classical music reviews.

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Beethoven is here, along with Liszt, Mahler, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner — all of whom were skewered by the critics at some point in their careers. To ask other readers questions about Lexicon of Musical Invectiveplease sign up. No classical music lover or hater! Bartok elected to play his composition dignified by the title Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra. It has been said that the Concerto is based on folk tunes.

It’s a collection of critical hatchet jobs aimed at some of the greatest music ever written. And I enjoyed every single bit of it. You requested a very large number of pages in a very short time, causing problems for our server this can happen if you hit ‘refresh’ over and over. Jan 20, Lydia added it. Reading these critical beat downs from our perspective can be amusing, but I’m sure the composers didn’t think they were funny if and when they read I first read this about 40 years ago.

These reviews, extracted for the most part from newspapers and journals, are generally contemporaneous with the music or composers they pan. The opening of the third act made enough noise to split the oexicon. Return to Book Page. Note the ommission of key. There’s invectivr an index of Invective, so if you want to musiczl all reviews making use of the terms “Hideous”, “Grunting”, or even “Feeding Time at Zoo”, you’ll know which pages to turn to.


Bru Serrano rated it it was ok Oct 27, He gives some general anecdotes about the world of music reviewing, such as a Russian journalist writing a review on Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite” before the concert even took place–he was fired when the review appeared but the piece had actually be taken off the programme at the last minute.

Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? An unusual and peevish little book that assembles various critics’ nasty remarks about some of the most glorious music of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Refresh and try again. The forward to this books mentions: If the reader who has not heard Elektra desires to witness something that looks as its orchestral score sounds, let him, next summer, poke a stick into an ant hill and watch the invectve insects darting, angry and bewildered, biting and clawing, in a thousand directions at once.

So, there’s a lot of delectable venom in this book. Mar 24, Howard rated it really liked it. David Shohl rated it really liked it Jan 27, They also often resorted to linguistic similes, comparing new music to “Chinese”, a then-handy symbol of incomprehensibility.

Muscal for telling us about the problem. Mar 22, Craig rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

As far as I know, all the great creative geniuses in every art form have, at one time or another, had their works trashed by influential critics. Although Ravel’s official biography does not mention it, I lexicin sure that at the age of three he swallowed a musical snuff-box, and at nine he must have been frightened by a bear. This is a fascinating collection of personal attacks, insults, and vituperation involving various classical musicians.


And it’s useful for reception history research! He has a constitutional aversion to what sounds beautiful I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music history and criticism.

Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Scott rated it really liked it Feb 05, Newer Post Older Post Home. Ultra-moderns cannot be bothered with such trifling designations This is such a hilarious book. By the way, the above excerpt is only a scant fourth lexiicon the full quote! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads musial.

You could have been banned by mistake. This book helps to explain how and why that lexicoj.

I first read this about 40 years ago. Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka?

A Young Person’s Guide to Classical Music: Lexicon of Musical Invective

To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:. Not a trace of coherent melodies. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you are using imvective VPN, and other users of the same VPN are abusing the service, then you’ll be automatically banned as well.

Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time

Slonimsky once declared that lexicoj book should be treated as “toilet literature. Be the first to ask a question about Lexicon of Musical Invective. Finck in the New York Post.

Most of us feel constrained, in person, to say politely pleasant things to creativ The forward to this books mentions: