A Guide-Book to the Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning

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A GUIDE BOOK TO THE WRITINGS OF ROBERT BROWNING.

Abt Vogler. Dramatis Personæ, 1864. No changes have been made except that in the tenth stanza "semblance" has taken the place of "likeness."

Abt Vogler was a Catholic priest (hence abt or abbé), and a musical composer. His full name was George Joseph Vogler, and he was born at Würzburg, Bavaria, June 15, 1749. He early showed musical talent, and he learned to play on several instruments without instruction. He was educated at the Jesuit school in his native town, and at Bamberg. While studying at Mannheim he attracted the attention of the Elector, Carl Theodore, who became his patron, and sent him to study counterpoint under Abbé Martini at Bologna. Tiring of this teacher in six weeks, Vogler went to Padua to study harmony and musical composition with Abbé Vallotti. Going to Rome to complete his theological studies, he was ordained a priest in 1773. Here he was warmly received, admitted to the famous academy of Arcadia, made a knight of the Golden Spur, and appointed protonotary and chamberlain to the Pope.

He returned to Mannheim in 1775, opened a music-school. and published several musical works. He invented a new system of fingering for the harpsichord, which Mozart pronounced "miserable"; and he also invented a new method of building the organ, by introducing free reeds and unisonous stops. His new theories were strongly opposed, and he was called a charlatan. His school prospered, however; it

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • The Best Things Said of Browning. ix
  • Leading Events in Robert Browning's Life. xv
  • A Guide Book To The Writings of Robert Browning. 1
  • Supplement. 441
  • Index. 448
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