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7 - A call to order

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 October 2009

Mary Sue Morrow
Affiliation:
Loyola University, New Orleans
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Hamburgischer Correspondent (1790): Jean Bliesenet's Trois Duos pour deux Violons.

The first duet in G major begins with something exquisite. It appears to be an imaginative introduction that touches on different leading tones in the space of eleven measures, and only then turns to the actual scale, which is abandoned two measures later. The composer's genius shows itself most clearly in this duet; only occasionally does it burst forth too much.

Musikalische Monatsschrift (1792): Schwencke's Drei Sonaten and Trois Sonates.

The composer can certainly be trusted to separate the good and beautiful things in this early work from the less good, to cut out, of his own accord, the stormy confusion of his youthful Phantasie, which – unconcerned about strict unity – lets flow an abundance of ideas for good or ill, just as they present themselves.

The third and final period of the review collective's evolution did not make as sudden and dramatic an entrance as had the second, when the rejection of compositional correctness and the embracing of creative genius happened simultaneously at the end of a decade. Reviewers continued to extol the virtues of creative genius, now firmly established as the centerpiece of aesthetic criteria. Not even the slightest of genres could escape its requirements: the Tübingische gelehrte Anzeigen faulted a collection of dances for their lack of novelty and the poverty of ideas, and the Musikalische Korrespondenz dismissed some Hungarian dances as “so devoid of charm and novelty in the ideas that the musical public would not have lost anything had the child been strangled at birth.”

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German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century
Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music
, pp. 134 - 150
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1997

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  • A call to order
  • 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/CBO9780511549427.009
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  • 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/CBO9780511549427.009
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  • A call to order
  • 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/CBO9780511549427.009
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