NATIONAL INFLUENCES ON STYLE
THE general question of the influence of audiences on art has been considered. The more special question of the influence of the audiences of the various nations requires some little consideration before passing to the more intimate features of musical style in various departments.
The fact that different races have strongly marked differences of taste and talent in music is so aggressively obvious that it is almost superfluous to adduce arguments to prove it. Every one knows that Italians have a passion for vocal melody, that the German composers have out-distanced all others in instrumental music, that the French love ballet, and that the English people have a great and indomitable taste for the music of other nations. It also seems to people who think about it at all that there is an intimate connection between national character and the peculiar tastes of a nation. It is observed that a voluptuous and passionate style is favoured by a self-indulgent and sensuous people, a superficially pretty and neat style is cultivated by a gay people, a weighty and serious style by an intellectual and strenuous people, a placid style by a complacent and reticent people, a blatant style by a vain and egoistic
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Publication information: Book title: Style in Musical Art. Contributors: C. Hubert H. Bart Parry - Author. Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 152.
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