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The Outward Voyage
It is five days steam to St. Vincent, in the Cape Verde Islands. The passengers shake down, grouping themselves according to national or professional affinities.
Montevideo and Buenos Aires Part 1
There is an epidemic of Italian architecture in Buenos Aires. Everywhere the eye rests on astragals and florets, amid terrible complications of interlaced lines.
Montevideo and Bueno Aires Part 2
My remark as to the European aspect of Buenos Aires at first sight must be taken as referring merely to its outdoor life. I do not speak of the business quarter, which is the same in all countries.
Foreign Colonists in Argentina
I have not sought to conceal the fact that the largest number of immigrants make the mistake of stopping at Buenos Aires, whose population is thus increased out of all proportion with the development of Argentine territory.
Argentine Education, Hospitals, and Asylums
It is not in vain that so many young Argentinos have made their way to the universities of France, Italy, and Germany. As soon as I set foot in the hospitals here I had an impression that I was in the full stream of European science.
Argentine Types, Manners, and Morals
I have not spoken of shopping, which is the main occupation of the fair sex in North America, for the reason that at Buenos Aires I saw none.
Argentine Politics
In matters of government the Argentinos are neither better nor worse off than any people of Europe where freedom of speech has begun its work.
Pampas Life
The Pampas are not the Argentine. They form, however, so predominant a part that they have shaped the man and the race by imposing on them their organisation of agricultural labour and the development of their natural resources.
Farming and Sport
The Argentino, like the Yankee, is more and more inclined to do overnight the work that might be put off to the morrow. At all events, absenteeism is unknown on the estancia, for this would spell ruin at short notice.
Rosario and Tucuman
Without hesitation I headed for Tucuman, with a brief halt at Rosario, the second city of the Argentine Republic.
Uruguay and Uruguayans
Uruguay, once the Oriental Band of the Argentine, lies between that Republic and Brazil, forming thus a buffer State which, in the event of war between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Rio de Janeiro
Whatever happens, two features in the Brazilian character will to my thinking remain predominant. They are democratic idealism and a consequent innate taste for French culture.
Brazilian Society and Scenery
Brazilian society is very different from that of the Argentine, its elements being more distinct and more complex, while equally European in trend, and with the same immutably American base.
Brazilian Coffee
If you want to inspect the Brazilian coffee plantations you have only to look around you. I can show you the coffee-plant, a shrub between three and five yards in height, which, for foliage and manner of growth, bears a strong resemblance to box.
The Place of Music in General History
Music is only now beginning to take the place due to it in general history. It seems a strange thing that concepts of the evolution of man's soul should have been formed while one of the strongest expressions of that soul has been ignored.
Lully - The Man
God, who had given him a greater gift of music than any other man of his century, gave him also, in return for the inimitable chants he composed in His praise, a truly Christian patience, in the sharp pain of the illness of which he died...
Lully - The Musician
One may imagine the force of will Lully exercised to maintain a firm control over this crowd of musicians when one thinks that a century later Gluck had great difficulty in establishing order in the mutinous Opéra set and in bending the capricious minds of the singers and the orchestra to his own strong will.
The Grandeur And Popularity Of Lully's Art
I have tried to show that Lully's work in art was, like classic tragedy and the noble garden of Versailles, a monument of that vigorous age which was the summer of our race.
The Origins of Eighteenth-Century Classic Style
EVERY MUSICIAN will at once perceive the profound differences which divide the so-called classic style of the close of the eighteenth century from the grand pre-classic style of J. S. Bach and Handel.
A Musical Tour to Eighteenth-Century Italy
DURING THE WHOLE of the eighteenth century, as during the seventeenth, Italy was the land of music. Her musicians enjoyed throughout Europe a superiority comparable to that of the French writers and philosophers.
A Musical Tour to Eighteenth-Century Germany
DESPITE a century and a half of great musicians, Germany about the year 1750 was far from having won, in the musical judgment of Europe, the position that she holds today. It is true that those days were past when a Roman chronicler said of the students of the German College in Rome...
Telemann: A Forgotten Master
Georg Philipp Telemann was born at Madgeburg on March 14, 1681. He was the son and grandson of Lutheran pastors. He was not yet four years old when he lost his father.
We know this musical Messiah. Gretry was sure that he was already in existence. And so he was; he died not far away. His name was Mozart, but he is not once mentioned in Gretry's writings.
Metastasio - The Forerunner Of Gluck
Metastasio himself, who is often represented as the chief obstacle to the establishment of the modern lyric drama because he was opposed to Gluck, was no less anxious than Gluck (although in another fashion) to introduce into opera all the physiological and dramatic truth that was compatible with beauty of expression.
Gluck and Alceste
Alceste was not a success when first produced in Paris on April 23, 1776. One of Gluck's friends, the printer Corancez, went to look for Gluck in the wings of the theater in order to condole with him and gives us the following curious account of the meeting...
Handel - The Man
Handel used to compose an act before he had learned how the piece continued, and sometimes before the librettist had time to write it.
Handel - The Musician
No great musician is more impossible to include in the limits of one definition, or even of several, than Handel.
I HAVE JUST been reading Mozart's letters for the second time (in the French translation by Henri de Curzon), and I think they ought to be included among the books of every library, for they are not only of interest to artists but instructive for other people as well.
Portrait of Beethoven in His Thirtieth Year
THE music of Beethoven is the daughter of the same forces. of imperious Nature that had just sought an outlet in the man of Rousseau's Confessions. Each of them is the flowering of a new season.
IT MAY seem a paradox to say that no musician is so little known as Berlioz. The world thinks it knows him. A noisy fame surrounds his person and his work. Germany disputes with France the glory of having nurtured and shaped his genius.
THERE IS nothing so thrilling as first impressions. I remember when, as a child, I heard fragments of Wagner's music for the first time at one of old Pasdeloup's concerts in the Cirque d'Hiver.
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