A Dictionary of Musicians, from the Earliest Ages to the by John S. Sainsbury

By John S. Sainsbury

The writer John Sainsbury produced this two-volume biographical dictionary of musicians in 1824. The booklet, as he recognizes on his name web page, borrows from the formerly released works of Choron and Fayolle (in French), Gerber (in German), Orloff (Russian, writing in French), and his outstanding English predecessors, Dr Burney and Sir John Hawkings. It features a 'summary of the heritage of music', in addition to biographies and memoirs of musicians. the variety of the data supplied is monstrous, together with the main vague in addition to the main well-known: fourteen pages on Mozart are via paragraphs on his spouse Constanza and at the now thoroughly forgotten B. F. Mozin, a French piano instructor and composer, whereas Beethoven is defined whilst nonetheless residing and composing, albeit stricken by way of deafness. This paintings is a mine of data on musical existence and perceptions of track background within the early 19th century.

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Dunstable, an Englishman, who died in 1453 or 1458, and who, from the resemblance of the name, has been often mistaken for St. Dunstan, who flourished in the eleventh century; and next, his contemporaries in France, Dufay and Binchois. These were immediately succeeded by Ockenheim, Busnois, Regis, and Carori. This is Tinctor's account, who also wrongly attributes the invention of measured chant to J. Dunstable; in which mistake he has been followed by Seb. Heyden, who wrote in 1537, and subsequently by J.

Rinuccini and Jacq. Peri, both of them Florentines : the former wrote a poem entitled "Daphne," to which the latter applied a sort of recitation, in notes, having all the sounds of music, without its regular support and marked time. " In the same year in which "Ariana " was performed at Florence, an oratorio, with the same description of recitative, composed by Emilio del Cavaliere, and entitled " DiAnimu e di Corpo" was performed at Rome. His work, together with that of Peri, was published in 1608 ; and in their prefaces the two authors claim the honour of the invention of recitative, which they both maintain to be the revival of the chanting declamation of the Greeks.

Peri, both of them Florentines : the former wrote a poem entitled "Daphne," to which the latter applied a sort of recitation, in notes, having all the sounds of music, without its regular support and marked time. " In the same year in which "Ariana " was performed at Florence, an oratorio, with the same description of recitative, composed by Emilio del Cavaliere, and entitled " DiAnimu e di Corpo" was performed at Rome. His work, together with that of Peri, was published in 1608 ; and in their prefaces the two authors claim the honour of the invention of recitative, which they both maintain to be the revival of the chanting declamation of the Greeks.

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