The Atlantic Monthly Volume 30
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...in conception and execution, the opening chords of the Egmont Overture, for instance, sounded as if they were trying to blow down the walls of Jericho. The man with the cymba...
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s was in particular a terrible fellow, and seemed to dominate the whole band. The performance of this overture by the Germans was in strong contrast with the playing of some selections from "Lohengrin" by the Frenchmen, which shortly followed it. This was almost the perfection of playing, never lacking life or emphasis; yet throughout, even in the ball-music (which, by the way, was taken in a most furiously rapid tempo), full of delicate lights and shades, and in tine, full, unforced tones. One of the best bits of playing during the Festival was the performance of the Semiramide Overture by the English band, which was very spirited and full of finely marked contrasts. The double-tonguing of the clarinets in the allegro was, indeed, something marvellous. At times the tempo, especially the accelerando at the end, smacked rather more of the band-master than of the cultivated orchestra-conductor; but this, after all, is a matter of taste, and from all accounts Rossini himself was not averse to a little exaggeration of "effects" now and then by way of spice. Another interesting point in the Jubilee was Johann Strauss's conducting. There was a demoniac, electric je ne sais auoi about the man that was peculiarly fascinating. His command over the orchestra was simply wonderful; they were like an instrument with him, and he played upon the men under his bdton just as much as he played upon the violin in his hands. Hearing his waltzes led by himself, after having heard them played by Thomas's orchestra, was like hearing our old friend of the ball-room, Mr....