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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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. As a music recommendation book, this tome works as an anti-book: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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And the same critics often promoted crap that’s long since been forgotten. Come back to it. 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.


Want to Read saving…. Christy rated it it was amazing Nov 17, You wonder how the alleged taste-makers co An unusual and peevish little book that assembles various critics’ nasty remarks about some of the most glorious music of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

Numerous composers, including Wagner, have been accused of employing ‘trained cats’ in the orchestra, for example. Lexicon of Musical Invective.

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This seems to me truly unforgivable! About the Author Nicolas Slonimsky, pianist, composer, infective, author, lexicographer, jingle writer, and parent who spoke Latin to his daughter, died in at the age of By the way, the above excerpt is lexivon a scant fourth of the full quote!

Most of us feel constrained, in person, to say politely pleasant things to creativ The forward to this books mentions: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

What makes it so enjoyable is the gusto with which so many writers of reviews of musical performances have launched into the task of destroying the reputation of the composers of the music in question. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music history and criticism.

What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Ibvective Most of us feel constrained, in person, to say politely pleasant things to creative artists no matter what we think of their work; perhaps this penchant of ours endows blisteringly bad reviews with a cathartic strength that makes us read them aloud to our friends even when we don’t agree with the reviewers’ opinions Critical assaults on composers since Beethoven’s time.


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So bitter, painful, but hilarious in a invectife weird manner. The whole scholarly introduction is quite wonderful, basically Bartok elected to play his composition dignified by the title Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra.

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

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Account Options Sign in. I’m not so much aware of lack of good exposure, uh, availability, not a college “music appreciation” fun class classical music, but whenever I can pick up something interesting and a good lead, worth a read.