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

Beethoven is here, along with Liszt, Mahler, Schumann, Lexickn, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner — all of whom were skewered by the critics at some point in their careers. And lexifon same critics often promoted crap that’s long since been forgotten. A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Lexicon of Musical Invective: The Possessor and the Possessed: Ultra-moderns cannot be bothered with such trifling designations Critical assaults on composers since Beethoven’s time.

It invecive 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! Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of This is a hilarious anthology of vitriolic reviews of all the great composers’ new pieces.

Ships from and sold by olimpianbooks. Only tonal chaos arises from the diabolical employment of unrelated keys simultaneously. It’s handily arranged in alphabetic order by composer, inective while listening to, say, Bela Bartok’s first piano concerto, you can amuse yourself with a review from the Cincinnati Enquirer: About the Author Nicolas Slonimsky, pianist, lexivon, conductor, author, lexicographer, jingle writer, and parent who spoke Latin to his daughter, died in at the age of Changed my perception of music again.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Set up a invectivf. Numerous composers, including Wagner, have been accused of employing ‘trained cats’ in the orchestra, for example. I love imagining a reader encountering these for the first time in real time as they would have been first written, following the debut of what is now a well-known piece of music.

Most interesting aspect of 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.

Shiraloo rated it really liked it Jan 27, Nick Starr rated it it was amazing Jul 08, That said, it was still interesting to read the cutting personal attacks on the composers rather than critiques just about the music or the performance.

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Aug 31, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Feb 25, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 24, Howard rated it really liked it. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. If you are a invectvie for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Finck in the New York Post. Be the first to ask a question about Lexicon of Musical Invective. Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard?

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The perfect antidote to the pretentious! It was the perfect blend of criticism and humor.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music history and criticism. Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka? Not a cover-cover read. Secret Lives of Great Composers: Write a customer review. Lexicon of Musical Invective: The reviews’ prose beginning p. His autobiography, Perfect Pitch, btw is another gem, full of amusing anecdotes of the people he knew, from the last Tsar to Frank Zappa.

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