An account of the musical performances in Westminster abbey, and the Pantheon, May ... and June ... 1784, in commemoration of Handel

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xxiv. oldal - Rousseau says, that the more time is beaten the less it is kept ; and it is certain that when the measure is broken, the fury of the...
ii. oldal - But that this pleasure may be truly elegant, science and nature must assist each other; a quick sensibility of Melody and Harmony is not always originally bestowed, and those who are born with this susceptibility of modulated sounds are often ignorant of its principles, and must therefore be in a great degree delighted by chance; but when Your Majesty is pleased to be present at Musical performances, the artists may congratulate themselves upon the attention of a judge in whom all requisites concur,...
v. oldal - But soon, ah soon, rebellion will commence, If music meanly borrows aid from sense : Strong in new arms, lo ! giant Handel stands, Like bold Briareus, with a hundred hands ; To stir, to rouse, to shake the soul he comes, And Jove's own thunders follow Mars's drums, Arrest him, empress ; or you sleep no more...
xiii. oldal - Europe, it was lamented that there was no public periodical occasion for collecting and consolidating them into one band ; by which means a performance might be exhibited on so grand and magnificent a scale as no other part of the world could equal. The birth and death of HANDEL naturally occurred to three such enthusiastic admirers of that great master, and it was immediately recollected, that the next...
xxv. oldal - Abbey may be safely pronounced no less remarkable for the multiplicity of voices and instruments employed, than for accuracy and precision. When all the wheels of that huge machine, the Orchestra, were in motion, the effect resembled clock-work in every thing but want of feeling and expression. And as the power of gravity and attraction in bodies is proportioned to their mass and density, so it seems as if the magnitude of this band had commanded and impelled adhesion and obedience beyond that of...
xxiii. oldal - This intrusion, which was very much to the dissatisfaction of the managers and conductor, suggested the idea of turning the eagerness of the public to some profitable account for the Charity, by fixing the price of admission to Half a Guinea for each person.
xvii. oldal - In order to render the band as powerful and complete as possible, it was determined to employ every species of instrument that was capable of producing grand effects in a great orchestra, and spacious building. Among these, the SACBUT, or DOUBLE TRUMPET was sought ; but so many years had elapsed since it had been used in this kingdom, that, neither the instrument, nor a performer upon it, could easily be found. It was, however, discovered...
xx. oldal - ... the bishops, and on the left, one for the dean and chapter of Westminster. Immediately below these two boxes, were two others; one on the right for the families and friends of the directors, and the other for those of the prebendaries of Westminster. Immediately below the king's box was one...
xxv. oldal - ... and under the regulation of the heart, than the members of this body of musicians under that of the conductor and leader. The totality of sound seemed to proceed from one voice and one instrument ; and its powers produced not only new and exquisite sensations in judges and lovers of the art, but were felt by those who never received pleasure from music before.

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