Christoph Willibald Gluck - 1777

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., pages 46,47:

It is impossible for me, sir, not to agree to the very judicious observations you have recently made on my operas in your Journal de Littérature, October 5; and I find nothing, absolutely nothing, to say in reply. / Hitherto I had the simplicity to believe that in music, as in other arts, all the passions were within its sphere, and that it ought not to please less in expressing rage and fury and the cry of grief than in depicting the sights of love –/ Neither serpent nor monster is so odious/ As not to please when counterfeited by art. / I thought this axiom true in music as well as in …   more >>
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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. 46,47. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424648059854 accessed: 24 November, 2020

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Letter from Christoph Willibald von Gluck to Jean François de la Harpe, Poet and critic (1738-1803); one of Piccinni’s strongest defenders in the Gluck-Piccini controversies, October, 12, 1777.


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