By John S. Sainsbury
The writer John Sainsbury produced this two-volume biographical dictionary of musicians in 1824. The publication, as he recognizes on his name web page, borrows from the formerly released works of Choron and Fayolle (in French), Gerber (in German), Orloff (Russian, writing in French), and his striking English predecessors, Dr Burney and Sir John Hawkings. It includes a 'summary of the heritage of music', in addition to biographies and memoirs of musicians. the diversity of the data supplied is enormous, together with the main vague in addition to the main well-known: fourteen pages on Mozart are via paragraphs on his spouse Constanza and at the now thoroughly forgotten B. F. Mozin, a French piano instructor and composer, whereas Beethoven is defined whilst nonetheless dwelling and composing, albeit via deafness. This paintings is a mine of data on musical existence and perceptions of song heritage within the early 19th century.
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Let us not, however, exclaim against an innovation which has produced masterpieces of an entirely new character, but rather let us endeavour to convince all those who would be tempted to take Mozart as a model, that, to give effect to such a school of writing, the genius of a Mozart is indispensable. Instrumental Music. The subject of musical instruments should be considered under two heads : first, as to the sonorous principle which forms the basis of each one separately; secondly, as to the mechanism of execution.
J. Peri soon became his rival in improvements, and "both, according to Doni, cooperated in setting to music the "Daphne" of Rinuccini. " These pieces were followed by "Ariana" which was put into recitative by Cl. Monteverde, of whom we have already spoken. However the above inquiry may be decided, it is certain that, of all the above-named works, the "Euridice" of Peri was the first which was performed in public. This representation took place in 1600, at Florence, on the occasion of the marriage of Henry IV.
There are as many styles of solos as there are of instruments; but as it is impossible that we should enter into all the details which this variety presents, we shall confine our notice to the solo of the violin, which is regarded, and justly, as the first of all instruments. Solos, whether simple or accompanied, comprehend, under the names of studies, fantasias, capricci, sonatas, concertos, &c. &c, an infinite number of pieces in various forms and styles. We cannot here trace their histories, but shall simply point out some historical marks, relative to their construction, performance, and style of composition; The construction of solos, whether simple or accompanied, comprehends their melodic form, and the choice of instruments, both which objects have varied repeatedly, previously to attaining their present degree of perfection.
A Dictionary of Musicians, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time. Volume 1 by John S. Sainsbury