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The music monster : a biography of James William Davison, music critic of the Times of London, 1846-78 ; with excerpts from his critical writings

Author: Charles Reid
Publisher: London ; New York : Quartet Books, 1984.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reid, Charles, 1900-1987.
Music monster.
London ; New York : Quartet Books, 1984
(OCoLC)567567626
Named Person: James William Davison; James William Davison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Reid
ISBN: 070432427X 9780704324275
OCLC Number: 11329865
Description: x, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: The actor-parents --
Shelley worship --
Honey-dolby dreams --
The catch club gluttons --
Enter Mendelssohn --
Twelve-year-old master --
Shock, agony, babble --
Chopin blackballed --
Berlioz bullied --
A friendship foxed --
Polycacophonous Wagner --
Coup d'État --
Rondo for muskets --
J.W.D. and Arabella --
'Transposed from g to d' --
The strong mouth, resolute chin --
Meyerbeer foul . . . --
. . . Meyerbeer fair . . . --
The Rigoletto Howler --
Verdi ruffled . . . --
. . . and appeased --
Bribe bids --
Costa the enemy --
Dickens wasn't amused --
Nights at the Albion --
A second enemy . . . --
. . . turns co-prankster --
Gruneison : a coda --
The Muttonians --
Ah! now we understand --
Criticizing the critic --
The Albani Wrangle --
Bayreuth bewildements --
Four masterworks --
Onslaught by truth --
Davision denies --
Burial pomps --
Berlioz, Wagner reassessed --
Margate and . . . --
. . . --
the last days. Part II: Schuber --
an unpractised, overrated man --
Chopin --
a morbidly sensitive flea --
Chopin hero --
the 10,000-word fib --
Berlioz --
Vulgarian and lunatic --
Verdi --
maker of wretched music for mobs --
Wagner, I --
patchy, puerile, poisonous --
Wagner II --
rant, fustian, bombast --
Wagner III --
u-turn : The Ring? gorgeous! magnificent! --
Wagner, IV --
u-turn reversed : The Ring? restless, rambling,mumbo-jumbo --
Schumann --
chamber music bad, symphonies worse --
Liszt --
music? hateful fungi, rather --
Tchaikovsky --
for Romeo read rubbish.
Responsibility: Charles Reid.

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