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 massive contribution to the talk on musical aesthetics which constructed during the 18th century. thought of by means of Charles Burney because the first essay dedicated to 'musical feedback' right, it verified the first significance of 'expression' and reconsidered the relative significance of concord and melody. instantly after its e-book it was once by means of William Hayes's feedback (1753), to which Avison himself retorted in his answer. Taken jointly those 3 texts provide a desirable perception into the controversy that raged within the 18th century among the promoters of the so-called 'ancient tune' (such as Hayes) and the extra 'modern' musicians. past issues of flavor, what was once at stake in Avison's theoretical contribution used to be the statement that the individual's reaction to song finally mattered greater than the dry principles tested by means of specialist musicians. Avison additionally wrote a number of prefaces to the printed variations of his personal musical compositions. This quantity reprints those prefaces and ads along with his Essay to supply an attractive view of eighteenth-century conceptions of composition and function, and an entire survey of Avison's idea of music.

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