Style in Musical Art

By C. Hubert H. Bart Parry | Go to book overview

XXI
QUALITY
II

QUALITY is that which endures; that which maintains its vitality and speaks to men and arouses their interest in spite of changes of fashion, changes of taste, changes of method and even of language. The shortest lived of all artistic products are those which merely catch the caprices of passing fashions. For a fashion is nothing more than the transitory fancy of the lightest and most superficial minded: such as have no mental independence or initiative, but merely exist under the influence of whatever externals happen to catch the attention, and realize nothing but the unimportant trifles which appear on the surface of things. Illustrations of the utmost triviality are afforded by the caprices of taste in the matter of dress. If a male creature of the average type sees other male creatures of his class with hat-brims broad and curved, hat-brims broad and curved afford him much gratification, and it seems to him important to procure a hat-brim broad and curved like those of his fellows. If the next year he sees other men with hat-brims narrow and flat, hat-brims narrow and flat appear to him to be desirable; and again in similar manner, as soon as may be, he makes his appearance with

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I Forecast 1
  • Iii Simple Types of Instrumental Style 37
  • Iv Style in Music for the Domestic Keyed Instruments 53
  • V Elementary Complications of Style 72
  • Vi Form and Style 88
  • Vii Influence of Audiences on Style 106
  • Viii Influence of Audiences on Style 131
  • Ix National Influences on Style 152
  • X Texture I 173
  • Xi Texture 189
  • Xii Evolution of Thematic Material 209
  • Xiii Evolution of Thematic Material 228
  • Xiv the Sphere of Temperament 249
  • Xv Functions of Thematic Material 265
  • Xvi the Functions of Thematic Material II 289
  • Xvii Theory and Academicism 305
  • Xviii Antitheses 319
  • Xix Realistic Suggestion 335
  • Xx Quality I 373
  • Xxi Quality II 392
  • Appendix 429
  • Index 433
  • INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS 439
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