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By George Grove

This can be a reissue of the 1st variation of George Grove's Dictionary of track and Musicians, which has considering that advanced to turn into the most important and so much authoritative paintings of its variety in English. The undertaking grew within the making: the name web page of quantity 1 (1879) refers to 'two volumes', yet by the point quantity four seemed in 1889 there has been additionally a 300-page appendix and a separate index quantity. The dictionary was once a global project, with members from Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, Vienna and Boston along these established in Britain. It used to be 'intended to provide an outstanding and lengthy stated wish' bobbing up from the elevated curiosity in all features of tune, which used to be 'rapidly turning into a necessary department of education', and to cater for the pro whereas being obtainable to the beginner. it's a interesting rfile of musical tastes and values within the past due Victorian interval.

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After Palestrina a backward move was necessary to make it possible to arrive at the art of Bach and Handel. After Bach men had to take up a lower line in order to get to Beethoven. In the latter case it was necessary to go through the elementary stages of defining the various contrasting sections of a movement, and finding that form of harmonic treatment which admitted the great effects of colour or varieties of tone in the mass, as well as in the separate lines of the counterpoint. Bach's position was so immensely high that several generations had to pass before men were able to follow on his lines and adopt his principles in harmonic music.

S. Bach, who followed French models in some important departments of instrumental music, should exclusively have followed Italian models in this. But in reality it appears to have been a matter of chance with him; he always followed the best models which came to his hand. In this department the Italians excelled; and Bach therefore followed them, and left the most important early 13 SYMPHONY. SYMPHONY. specimens of this kind remaining—almost all in the three movement-form, which was becoming the set order for symphonies.

Gossec's work was carried on most effectually by his founding, in 1770, the 'Concert des Amateurs,' for whom he wrote his most important works. He also took the management of the famous Concerts Spirituels, with Gavinie's and Leduc, in 1773, and furthered the cause of good instrumental music there as well. The few symphonies of his to be found in this country are of the same calibre, and for the same groups of instruments as those of J. C. , already described ; but Fe'tis attributes importance to him chiefly because of the way in which he extended the dimensions and resources of the orchestra.

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