Charles Avison's Essay on Musical Expression: With Related by Pierre Dubois

By Pierre Dubois

Charles Avison's Essay on Musical Expression, first released in 1752, is a tremendous contribution to the controversy on musical aesthetics which built during the 18th century. thought of by way of Charles Burney because the first essay dedicated to 'musical feedback' right, it verified the first value of 'expression' and reconsidered the relative significance of concord and melody. instantly after its ebook it was once by way of William Hayes's feedback (1753), to which Avison himself retorted in his answer. Taken jointly those 3 texts supply a desirable perception into the talk that raged within the 18th century among the promoters of the so-called 'ancient track' (such as Hayes) and the extra 'modern' musicians. past concerns of style, what was once at stake in Avison's theoretical contribution was once the statement that the individual's reaction to tune finally mattered greater than the dry principles confirmed by means of specialist musicians. Avison additionally wrote a number of prefaces to the broadcast variants of his personal musical compositions. This quantity reprints those prefaces and ads along with his Essay to supply an enticing view of eighteenth-century conceptions of composition and function, and a whole survey of Avison's conception of music.

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