9781108002134

The Music of Nature

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  • ISBN13:

    9781108002134

  • ISBN10:

    1108002137

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/31/2014
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

The English composer and concert producer William Gardiner published The Music of Nature in 1832 in order to explain the 'true principles of musical taste and expression' by listening to the 'germs of melody' in nature. In this book, he musically notates the sounds of oxen, a Newfoundland dog, a blackbird, a cooing dove and even an angry child in an attempt to amalgamate natural history, personal observation, and historical anecdotes with his passion for music. Gardiner, who introduced Beethoven's music to Britain, discusses his ideas in 51 chapters. The book sets out his general beliefs about the adaptability of the human ear, the differences between noise and sound, singing and oratory, and the musicality of ordinary language. He also discusses many noted singers of his day and delves into the different techniques used by singers and instrumentalists to elicit emotion in their audiences.

Table of Contents

Preface
On the faculties of the ear
Noise and sound
The voice
Speaking
Language
Oratory
Singing
Air, ballad, bravura and recitative
Vocal performers
Graces
The violin
Birds
Pianoforte
Insects
Violoncello
Bells
Oboe
Singing out of tune
Psalmody
Singing at sight
Echoes
The flute
London cries
The horn
The harp
The organ
The clarionet
The orchestra
The trombone
Loud and soft
The trumpet
Accompaniment
The bassoon
Drums
Roar of storms
Ominous sounds
Harmony and melody
Thorough bass
Modulation
Composition
Phraseology
On the different keys
Rhythm
Dance
Tuning
National song
Singing conducive to health
Analysis of the utterance
Analysis of the alphabet
Rhythm in language
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