Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time. Front Cover. Nicolas Slonimsky. Coleman-Ross Company, A few samples from Nicolas Slonimsky’s [ X/rateyourmusic/ref=nosim/,compendium] of abusive classical music reviews. 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.

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music history and criticism. Tim Robinson rated it it was ok Jul 08, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

This should also be required reading for every composer! Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. 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. To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:. This book helps to explain how and why that happened. English Choose a language for shopping. Feb 25, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have never owned a copy, and this paperback, with introductory essay by Peter Schickele, itself worth the price of the book was something I felt I should finally own outright.

Creativity in performance Robert Keith Sawyer Snippet view – Newer Post Older Post Home. You wonder how the alleged taste-makers could have been so gloriously wrong about “the music of the lexiconn.


What makes it so enjoyable is the gusto with which so many writers of reviews of musical performances have incective into the task of destroying the reputation of the composers of the music in question.

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All of them as actually published. Peter Schickele, a serious composer, is the street name of the comedian P.

His opening essay “on the non acceptance of the unfamiliar”, while not amusing, is penetrating and worth the price of the book.

Mar 04, Gary Inbinder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ships from and sold by Amazon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Critical assaults on composers since Beethoven’s time. No eBook available W. 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.

I like to turn to a random page from day to day and read the bluster. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Jan 05, Christopher rated it liked it. Ultra-moderns cannot be bothered with such trifling designations Showing of 29 reviews. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Emmie rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Buy the selected items together This item: Slonimsky once declared that the book should be treated as “toilet literature.


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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. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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These reviews, extracted for the most part from newspapers and journals, are generally contemporaneous with the music or composers they pan. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Invecfive. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Lexicon of Musical Invective. Most interesting aspect umsical the book, for my kitsch weirdo rock-music-is-the-devil’s-music bookshelf self-lobotomizing reading interest, is featured in “Non Acceptance of the Unfamiliar,” which runs pp.

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