Letters Of Sidney Lanier; Selections From His Correspondence, 1866-1881

Paperback | January 11, 2012

bySidney Lanier

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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. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Poet's Musical Impressions The following letters, with the exception of the first one, were written by Mr. Lanier to his wife between April, 1869, and May, 1876, in his absences from home while at Baltimore, New York, and San Antonio. The selections have been made with the view of including practically all the correspondence which treats of musical subjects, and in pursuance of this idea a number of fragmentary extracts are presented. The opening letters represent Mr. Lanier's first impressions of really great orchestral music; there being no facilities at that time for hearing the best music in his native town. They show also something of the eager suspense which he was feeling at the time. His strongest impulse was always toward music, and his friends had assured him of his ability; but his formal instruction had been limited to a few piano lessons in early childhood, and he was now for the first time meeting with musicians of recognized standing, and, as it were, authoritatively placing himself. Until he received the opinion of those whom he knew to be competent to speak finally, he did not even feel sure that he had a right to follow the promptings of his music longings. Montgomery, Ala., October, 1866. . . . She is right to cultivate Music, to cling to it: it is the only reality left in the world for her and many another like her. It will revolutionize the world, and that not long hence. Let her study it intensely, give S herself to it, enter the very innermost temple and Sanctuary of it. . . . The Altar-steps are wide enough for all the world, and Music inquires not if the worshipper be Vestal or Stained, nor looks to see what dust of other shrines is upon the knees that bend before her. She is utterly unconscious of aught but Love, which pardons all thi...

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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. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Poet's Musical Impressions The following letters, with the exception of the first one, were written by Mr. Lanier to his wife betwe...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217705251

ISBN - 13:9780217705257

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