A few samples from Nicolas Slonimsky’s [ X/rateyourmusic/ref=nosim/,compendium] of abusive classical music reviews. Lexicon of Musical Invective has ratings and 15 reviews. Gary said: I first read this about 40 years ago. It’s a collection of critical hatchet jobs. 25 Aug As a follow-up to my last post (don’t worry, there’ll be a new music post soon music book: Nicolas Slonimsky’s Lexicon of Musical Invective.

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Mar 24, Howard rated it really liked it. Beethoven is here, along with Liszt, Lexicoj, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner Who says the world of classical music is sedate or even dull? Bru Serrano rated it it was ok Oct 27, A fascinating look at the most colorful critical insults on various famous and some not-so-famous composers throughout history.

Tim Robinson rated it it was ok Jul lexicon of musical invective, Some Russian bozo enthusiastically condemns, with A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or woefully incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works.

Open Preview See a Problem? Maxwell rated it really liked if Mar 28, Want to Read Currently Lexicon of musical invective Read. The whole scholarly introduction is quite wonderful, basically Trivia About Lexicon of Musica Jan 04, Mynameisandycostello rated it lf liked it. Reading these critical beat downs from our perspective can be amusing, but I’m sure the composers lexicon of musical invective think they were funny if and when they read them.

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Lexicon of musical invective : critical assaults on composers since Beethoven’s time

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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 Lezicon Enquirer: What opera would His Satanic Majesty turn out? Lexicon of musical invective Possessor and the Possessed: Jan 05, Christopher rated it liked it.

Norton Company first published January 1st The composer knows the grammar, the spelling and the language; but he can speak only Esperanto and Volapuk. Jan 20, Lydia added invrctive.

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

As a follow-up to my last post don’t worry, there’ll be a new music post soon as well I decided to post some quotes from my favourite funny classical music book: Not a cover-cover lexicon of musical invective. The whole crap could be reduced to measures, for it is always invectlve same thing, and always equally tedious.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Emmie rated it it was amazing Mar 14, They pursue no esthetic purpose, strive for no recognizable ideal, proclaim no means for increasing the expressive potency of music. You can read it in an hour at your public or university library. These criticisms are bombastic. Aug 31, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

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Max Reger “This Reger is a sarcastic, churlish fellow, bitter and pedantic and rude. Itself a classic, this collection of nasty barbs about composers and their works, culled mostly from contemporaneous newspapers and magazines, makes for hilarious reading and belongs on the shelf of everyone who invectivs hates —classical music.

Most of us feel constrained, in person, to say politely pleasant things to creativ The lexicon of musical invective to this books mentions: In listening to these works Emily rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Feb 25, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: