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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It would kill a cat and would turn rocks intro scrambled eggs from fear of these hideous discords. Helps to remind one that the great standards were once dangerously envelope-pushing in terms of style and technique, and offended critics and their “standards” most of all.
And it’s useful for reception history research! 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 loves—or hates —classical music.
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Norton Company first published January 1st David Shohl rated it really liked it Jan 27, Reading these critical beat downs from our perspective can be amusing, but I’m sure the composers didn’t invectie they were funny if and when they read I first read this about 40 years ago. There’s even an index of Invective, so if you want to find all reviews making use of the terms kexicon, “Grunting”, or even “Feeding Time at Zoo”, you’ll know which pages to turn to.
Read more Read less. Open Preview See a Problem? The reviews’ prose beginning p. This book helps to explain how and why that happened.
These reviews, extracted for the most invsctive from newspapers and journals, are generally contemporaneous with the music or composers they pan. With a new foreword by Peter Schickele “P.
Maxwell rated it really liked it Mar 28, There is certainly no doubt that many critics write pans with an unbridled gusto that seems to be lacking in their usually rarer raves, and these critics often become more famous, or infamous, than their less lexico colleagues Emmie rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Jun 23, Jordan Kinsey rated it really liked it. For the answers to these and other questions, readers need only consult the “Invecticon” at the back of this inspired book and then turn to the full passage, in all its vituperation.
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Feb 18, Mi rated musiczl it was amazing. Trivia About Lexicon of Musica JC rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Jan 20, Lydia added musicsl. The Rest Is Noise: Secret Lives of Great Composers: Helps to remind one that the great standards were once dangerously envelope-pushing in terms of style and technique, and offended critics and their “standards” most of all.
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