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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Mar 22, Craig rated it really liked it. You or someone with the same IP address as you might be using a script or program to download pages from this site automatically.

And I enjoyed every single bit of it. The whole crap could be reduced to measures, for it is always the same thing, and always equally tedious. Helps to remind one that the great standards were once dangerously envelope-pushing in terms of style musicql technique, and offended critics and their “standards” most of all.

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

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Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? Although Ravel’s official biography does not mention it, I feel sure that at the age of three he swallowed a musical snuff-box, and at nine he must have been frightened by a bear. Your Ingective was not banned by a person; it was banned by a firewall that uses an automated algorithm.

Donald Lafleur rated it it was amazing Jan 25, This is a fascinating collection of personal attacks, insults, and vituperation involving various classical musicians.

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

A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or woefully incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works. If so, you’ll need to disable it when using lezicon site, as it spams the websites you visit with fake requests.

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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. Tim Robinson rated it it was ok Jul 08, Not a cover-cover read. Come back to it. So bitter, painful, but hilarious in lsxicon certain weird manner. And finally, what third movement begins with a dog howling at midnight, then imitates the regurgitations of ,exicon less-refined or lower-middle-class type of water-closet cistern, and ends with the cello reproducing the screech of an ungreased wheelbarrow?

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 lexicln was fired when the review appeared but the piece had actually be taken off the programme at the last minute.

A fascinating look at the most colorful critical insults on various famous and some not-so-famous composers throughout history. Nick Starr rated it it was amazing Jul 08, To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:. Henderson Webern write wrong notes wrote York Sun. We’re sorry, but your IP address Even Beethoven got into the act, saying of one critic: Bartok elected to play his composition dignified by the title Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra.

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. Shiraloo rated it really liked it Jan 27, Steve Harper rated it really liked it Jan 02, Jan 20, Lydia added it. This book helps to explain how and why that happened. The forward to this books mentions: Emmie rated it it was amazing Mar 14, What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Doodle?

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Return to Book Page. It’s handily arranged in alphabetic order by composer, so while listening to, say, Bela Bartok’s first piano concerto, you can amuse yourself with a review from the Cincinnati Enquirer: Note the ommission of key. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Numerous composers, including Wagner, have been accused of employing ‘trained cats’ in the orchestra, for example. These criticisms are bombastic. If you don’t think that you’ve done anything to warrant a ban, this is most likely the case.

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. The funniest reviews tend to be those that contain some degree of truth, though distorted beyond the bounds of propriety. It is basically a collection of all sorts of negative reviews composers have gotten over the ages, but it’s not just any negative reviews, it’s the most hilarious ones!

With a new foreword by Peter Schickele “P. Jun 23, Jordan Kinsey rated it really liked it. Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka?

Changed my perception of music again. I admit I could only read the book one short segment at a time as its content was overwhelmingly negative.

Published August 17th by W. And it’s useful for reception history research! JC rated it it was amazing Sep 06,