Edward Hodges; Doctor in Music of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge Organist Bristol, England, 1819…

Paperback | January 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MUSICAL LIFE IN NEW YORK. IN that alanthus-shaded street where the katydids and tree-toads chatted and argued until the day-dawn, lived the strict and scholastic Doctor, beloved and admired by all, in his unrelenting English dignity and geniality. Yes; and as the street was made lively from four in the morning by the fruit-seller's insistent cries, he would rise in the comparatively early coolness of those New York August days, and play his Fugue. It was on the 23d that he was thus early at the keys, probably minus coat, and the Fugue of course was No. 23, in the key of B, Book x. Not yet aroused from my heavy forgetfulness, untraceable musical thoughts and suggestions seemed to be mixed up with my dreams. I did not know what I heard, nor where I was, as those streams of winding melodies and harmoniously flowing modulations passed through my mind At last the truth fell in like a ray of light and I realized all, and said, "It is my Father; my Father playing his Fugue!" And I listened in a state of restful and intellectual delight. The reality was lovelier far than the dream, and the sound of my Father's fingers, so soft and masterly, will never pass from my memory, though they spoke so long ago. And of all the Fugues so dear to me, there is none more dear than 23, in that soothing, lovely key of B, as it spoke to me on that morning. There is a motion and a freshness in the air from the western window; a glint of sunshine from the upper blue strikes through the half-closed blind, as the green of the vine is revealed on the trellis outside. A sun ray falls athwart his desk, and, lying on the blotting sheet there, the eye catches sight of a small home-made book. It lies before me now, though nearly forty years have passed since the musician's artistic fingers constr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MUSICAL LIFE IN NEW YORK. IN that alanthus-shaded street where the katydids and tree-toads chatted and argued until the day-dawn, liv...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217207189

ISBN - 13:9780217207188

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