Report on an Experimental Test of Musical Expressiveness

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Seite 10 - On! on!"— but o'er the Past (Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies Mute, motionless, aghast! For, alas! alas! with me The light of Life is o'er! "No more — no more...
Seite 9 - Thou wast that all to me, love, For which my soul did pine — A green isle in the sea, love, A fountain and a shrine, All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers, And all the flowers were mine. Ah, dream too bright to last! Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise But to be overcast! A voice from out the Future cries, "On! on...
Seite 10 - No more — no more — no more — " (Such language holds the solemn sea To the sands upon the shore) Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree, Or the stricken eagle soar! And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams — In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams.
Seite 4 - ... over some great and heroic character. A feeling throughout as of a strong resounding sea against a frowning coast. J. A controversy or argument between a man and a woman, ending in a great peace. K. The incoming tide dashing on the rocks, with intervals of quiet ebb. L. Church music ; offertoire ; also, organ playing while waiting for a wedding party...
Seite 8 - Interpreter should not leel the necessity of representing to his hearers : a wild flower caught by a gust of wind, a caressing of the flower by the wind, the resistance of the flower, the stormy struggle of the wind, the entreaty of the flower, which at last lies broken? This may also be paraphrased: The wild flower, a rustic maiden ; the wind, a knight ; and thus with almost every instrumental composition.
Seite 8 - Two lovers are on shipboard and their happiness is interrupted by storm and eventual shipwreck. Second hearing. Two happy lovers are sailing over smooth seas, the ship is attacked by pirates, who are beaten off. A fierce storm arises, the ship bearing the two lovers is destroyed, and after the storm the sun shines again upon the sea, now somewhat calmed. B. The piece naturally suggested a murder. It opens with a picture of the assassin creeping slowly along and you hear the shrieks of his intended...
Seite 7 - The joyful uplifting of an oppressed soul that feels itself released from depths of anguish through faith in a kind, heavenly Father. 1. No impression other than a musical one. J. A demand ; a bitter disappointment, concealed by gaiety and nonchalance sometimes, but ill concealed. K. Rocking in a boat on a dancing, sparkling sea; surroundings cause a happy state of mind. L. No impression. QUESTION ; The following music has been said to tell a certain story.
Seite 3 - The notes are given as they were handed in at the close of the evening, with changes (to carry out the intention of the writer either evident or since ascertained) in perhaps not more than a score of words in all. The selections are understood to have been unrecognized unless the contrary is expressly stated. QUESTION I. Give any image that is strikingly suggested to your mind by the course of the following piece. Beethoven. Pianoforte Prelude in F Minor.
Seite 12 - M of a calm introduction to a dignified ceremony (?). This interpretation seems doubtful. O. Not sure — thought still about the former piece. Is it religious peace and resignation ? P. Tender seriousness. A. Religious expansion ; grateful worship of a full, free heart. B. Seriousness of life. C. Tender religious melancholy tinged with a sense of pathetic pleasure.
Seite 16 - Languor; reluctance. K. Contentment. L. Feelings after a disappointment ; not cheerless, but serious, and more uplifting than sad ; at the same time more or less sad. QUESTION IX. Can you connect the following melody with any marked type of personal character? Mozart : Don Giovanni : Canzonetta in the second act, sung by Don Giovanni to a mandolin accompaniment,

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