Stories of Symphonic Music: A Guide to the Meaning of Important Symphonies, Overtures, and Tone-Poems from Beethoven to Debussy

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SPOHR (Louis Spohr: born in Braunschweig, Germany, April 5, 1784; died in Cassel, November 22, 1859)

SYMPHONY No. 4. "THE CONSECRATION OF SOUND":1 Op. 86
RIGID SILENCE OF NATURE BEFORE THE CREATION OF TONE (Largo)
ACTIVE LIFE AFTER THE SAME. SOUNDS OF NATURE. TURMOIL OF THE ELEMENTS (Allegro)
CRADLE SONG. DANCE. SERENADE (Andantino)
WAR MUSIC. GOING OFF TO BATTLE. FEELINGS OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND. RETURN OF THE VICTORS. PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (Tempo di marcia)
FUNERAL MUSIC (Larghetto)
CONSOLATION IN TEARS (Allegretto)

DIE WEIHE DER TÖNE, composed in 1832, is founded on a poem of the same title by Karl Pfeiffer. In a letter dated October 9, 1832, Spohr

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This is the version of Die Weihe der Töne by which the symphony is generally known in America and England. It has also been called "The Power of Sound." A more precise translation is "The Consecration of Tones." The symphony has this sub-title: "A Characteristic Tone-Painting in the Form of a Symphony, after a Poem by Karl Pfeiffer."

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Stories of Symphonic Music 1
  • Bantock 11
  • Beethoven 19
  • Berlioz 31
  • Bizet 43
  • Chadwick 49
  • Charpentier 57
  • Chausson 61
  • Converse 65
  • Debussy 73
  • Dukas 79
  • DvoŘÁk 85
  • Elgar 95
  • Franck 105
  • Glazounoff 115
  • Goldmark 119
  • Grieg 123
  • Hadley 127
  • Huber 131
  • D'Indy 137
  • Liszt 145
  • Loeffler 177
  • Mac Dowell 191
  • Mendelssohn 199
  • Raff 213
  • Rimsky-Korsakoff 221
  • Saint-SaËns 235
  • Schumann 241
  • Sibelius 247
  • Smetana (Friedrich Smetana: Born in Leitomischl, Bohemia, March 2, 1824; Died in Prague, May 12, 1884) 251
  • Spohr (Louis Spohr: Born in Braunschweig, Germany, April 5, 1784; Died in Cassel, November 22, 1859) 255
  • Strauss (Richard Strauss: Born in Munich, June 11, 1864; Now Living In Berlin) 259
  • Tschaikowsky 303
  • Wagner 339
  • Wolf 347
  • Index of Works and Composers 353
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