- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; First Thus edition (January 1952)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486203204
- ISBN-13: 978-0486203201
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Classics in the Aesthetic of Music Paperback – January, 1952
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For this reason, Debussy's essays were without a doubt my favorite. In fact, it is only thanks to his portion of this book that this receives a five-star rating and not a four (but mostly to raise the overall rating, because this is not a three-star book, but a FOUR). Debussy's writing is clear and interesting, providing the reader with so much information about the most random things and some things that are simply fascinating. The various essays on different composers were incredibly enjoyable as well as amusing. It made me smile to see one of my favorite composers writing about my other favorite composers, all in one book! Debussy wrote about things that were relevant at the time, and that in itself is interesting. A charming collection that I loved reading and rereading.
Busoni's "Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music", I'm afraid, is less enjoyable. A bit dryer and bit more complex, Busoni's essay seems more geared towards people who are already well-versed in music, composing, and the tricky little things that the casual listener doesn't really care about. The casual reader will find this to be dull, and even the hard-core reader who is also a music fan may find this to be just a tad bit slow and boring in comparison to Debussy's charming essay.
Ives' essay, meanwhile, is kind of... different. It feels a bit more all over the place, which while making it less boring, still doesn't make it quite as interesting as the first batch. It's interesting, but not incredible. I found that it's not exactly something you go back to reread very often.
Overall, if Debussy's "Monsieur Croche the Dilettante Hater" was offered as a single volume, I'd heartily recommend you buy that. However, as it is NOT offered anywhere as a new volume, cheap, or even anything remotely comfortable and appropriate, I'd say buy this. Classical music fans who can read long essays without nodding off should definitely read this interesting book, despite the occasional boring moments.
Recommended, if only for Debussy.