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By Francis Hueffer

Francis Hueffer (1845-89) used to be born and studied track in Germany, yet moved to London in 1869 to pursue a profession as a critic and author on track. He edited the sequence 'The nice Musicians' for Novello and Co., was once song critic of the days, and used to be an early suggest and interpreter to the British of Wagner. His Musical experiences of 1880 is a set of essays on Beethoven, Chopin, French opera, Schopenhauer ('among the various German metaphysicians, the one person who has stated whatever worthy hearing approximately music'), and naturally Wagner: an editorial at the Ring written sooner than the 1st functionality of the full cycle, and an account of that functionality at Bayreuth. the gathering finishes with the provocative essay 'The probabilities of English opera' (1879), which contrasts the energetic opera scene within the remainder of Europe with the shortcoming of a convention of English opera.

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And there are innumerable other instances of the same principle in Beethoven's last works. But who, it will be asked, is the right heir to this much-discussed " poetic idea," which the master bequeathed to future ages ? The only answer we can give is that whereby the cautious Jew Melchisedek evades Sultan Saladin's questions as to the true religion, in Boccaccio's story of the three 28 MUSICAL STUDIES. rings. There are three sons, and each declares that he has received the true miraculous ring from their common father.

Boieldieu represented the consummate grace of French comic opera. And how marvellously were these works interpreted ! The names of Malibran, Rubini, Lablache, ISTourrit, and Madame Schroder Devrient, then all in their prime, fill one with deep regret at such high and varied achievement irrevocably lost to art. Such virtuosi as Kalkbrenner, Thalberg, Liszt, and Hiller complete the artistic group. Of all this brilliant and buoyant life Chopin has sent long and detailed accounts to his parents and friends at home.

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