Great Program Music - How to Enjoy and Remember It Description
Text extracted from opening pages of book: PROGRAM MUSIC HOW TO ENJOY AND REMEMBER IT By SIGMUND SPAETH GAJEUOEIST CITY PUBLISHING Co., Iisrc. New York DEDICATION THIS BOOK is dedicated to all those who have read Great Symphonies: How to Recognize and Remember Them, or The Art of Enjoying Music, or Stories be hind the World's Great Music, or The Common Sense of Music, or Music for Fwn, or any other volumes that might be considered logical preliminaries. Why not be generous and include all those who like music that tells a story or paints a picture in tones or implies a program of any kind? And why omit those who like music in general? Or even those who don't like music yet but will some day? Dedications are generally too personal. This one is as impersonal and universal as the publishers and booksellers can make it, with the full consent and co-operation of the author. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS WHILE most of the musical illustrations in this book are in the public domain, and even the quotations from copy righted material represent what the law calls fair usage/* the author wishes to express his thanks to the various pub lishers who have co-operated in making this music available in a practical form. The kindness of the E. B. Marks Music Corporation is particularly appreciated in permitting the use of their complete text for The Happy Farmer. Special permissions were also kindly given by the Associated Music Publishers, representing a number of important contempo rary foreign composers. Acknowledgment is enthusiastically made of the helpful ness of the Music Department of the New York Public Library and of the employees of G. Schirmer, Inc., New York, whose unfailing courtesy and efficiency havecon tinually softened and smoothed out the hard road of research. Miss Virginia Barker was of great assistance in preparing the list of phonograph records. A valuable contribution to this book was made by Kath arine Lane Spaeth in preparing the index and attending to other unpleasant but highly important details. The Edi torial and Manufacturing Departments of the Garden City Publishing Company have functioned with their customary skill. vu PREFACE Tms BOOK is a compulsory sequel to Great Symphonies: How to Recognize and Remember Them, an experiment which proved surprisingly successful. The heresy in that book was to set words to symphonic melodies so that people could retain them in their memories and thus be able to follow the musical structure of a symphony from start to finish. It was heartily condemned by those who evidently prefer to keep most listeners entirely ignorant of what symphonies really are. But it has become increasingly popular with both children and adults who listen to symphonies over the radio or in the concert hall and would honestly like to get a clearer idea of what is going on than the average announcer or program note is likely to give them. Most of them did not mind the harmless little jingles, because they helped them to recognize and remember the music. The use of words is far more legitimate in this ix PREFACE book on the great program music of the world. For program music, by its very name, implies a music that has a definite meaning, clearly indi cated by the composer. It promises by its title, or by some note or explanation, to tell a story or paint a picture in tones, possibly even to imitate sounds that would not ordinarily be called musi cal. Even ifit merely suggests a mood or an emo tion it may be called program music in the broadest sense. Technically it must have no words in its original form, but there is no reason on earth why words should not be added to the out standing melodies, as the composers have gen erally made their meaning perfectly clear. Since the author was not inclined to apologize for Great Symphonies, there is even less reason to be apologetic about Great Program Music. There is ground for believing also that it will find a far larger audience than the symphony book, merely because peopl
Great Program Music - How to Enjoy and Remember It
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