Samuel Scheidt in Halle - 1651

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 17:

I am astonished at the foolish music written in these times. It is false and wrong and no longer does anyone pay attention to what our beloved old masters wrote about composition. It certainly must be a remarkably elevated art when a pile of consonances are thrown together any which way. / I remain faithful to the pure old composition and pure rules. I have often waked out of the church since I could no longer listen to that mountain yodelling. I hope this worthless modern coinage will fall into disuse and that new coins will be forged according to the fine old stamp and standard.

cite as

Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 17. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424644751854 accessed: 7 October, 2022

location of experience: Halle

Listeners

Samuel Scheidt
Composer
1587-1654

Experience Information

Date/Time 1651
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Notes

Letter from Samuel Scheidt to Heinrich Baryphonus, composer and theorist (1581- 1655), Halle, January 26, 1651.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:39:11 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:11:58 +0000