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3 - Answering with a German voice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 October 2009

Mary Sue Morrow
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Loyola University, New Orleans
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Hamburgische neue Zeitung (1777): Johann Wilhelm Häßler, Sechs Sonaten fürs Clavier.

No one who has studied the works of our Carl Emanuel Philipp Bach will deny that the true art of playing the keyboard is at home here in Germany. It was left to this great genius to rescue the keyboard from the oblivion into which it had fallen. He showed that becoming a master of this instrument took more than cutting frisky capers, more than supporting snatches of opera tunes with constant, drumming basses – things that could never move a true, musical ear. Many worthy men have followed his example, and thereby gained renown and honor in the eyes of true connoisseurs of music. These sonatas bear the stamp of the good, idiomatic style; they are full of good Harmonie and touching melody, and thus distinguish themselves markedly from the recent swarm of superficial Italian works and other fashionable compositions.

Hamburgische Correspondent (1789): Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, Drey Sonaten.

He has chosen Bach, Haydn and Mozart as his models, and has so successfully entered into the manner of thinking of these famous men, that you can find their style with no trouble, for example that of Bach in the first and of Haydn in the second. But Schwencke is no slavish imitator and remains a genuine original, his models notwithstanding.

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German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century
Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music
, pp. 45 - 65
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1997

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  • Answering with a German voice
  • Mary Sue Morrow, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Book: German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century
  • Online publication: 03 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511549427.005
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  • Mary Sue Morrow, Loyola University, New Orleans
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  • Answering with a German voice
  • Mary Sue Morrow, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Book: German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century
  • Online publication: 03 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511549427.005
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