Musicians And Music-lovers, And Other Essays

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byWilliam Foster Apthorp

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... TWO MODERN CLASSICISTS "Quot homines, tot sententia" is a saw the application of which might well be extended beyond its current limits. It is not only upon our opinions that we can not escape setting at least a faint stamp of our own individuality,--though this impress may often seem obliterated by our modes of expressing them,--but our understanding, our perceptions, our very seeing and hearing are indefeasibly and inveterately our own. Language is at best a makeshift by which we seek to impart to others an approximate notion of our meaning; but, use it as we may, there is always room for doubt as to whether we have really made ourselves understood. That which we call a word is but the shadow of our thought; it may mean this to us, but that to another. Written language, unaided as it is by the plastic imagery of gesture and the innuendo of emphasis, is an especially rough tool; we write a word, and every reader makes of it what he can--lucky for us if he have the honesty not to make of it what he please! The ideaconveying force of the word will be what it means to him, not what it means to us. If we would be distinctly understood, we must beat about the bush and explain ourselves; our word, left to itself, will have as many meanings as there are men who read it. But, to quit generalities and come down to a definite point, how many different meanings in as many minds has not this one word " classicism!" Classic, classicism, classicist, have grown to be very vague terms. To those who look for the meaning of a word in its etymology they are impregnated with a flavour of the academy, they reek with associations with the categorical imperative, the " Thou shalt" and "Thou shalt not" of the schools. To others they convey an idea of authority based on a surviv...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... TWO MODERN CLASSICISTS "Quot homines, tot sententia" is a saw the application of which might well be extended beyond its curre...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021723898X

ISBN - 13:9780217238984

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