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Old Fogy

James Huneker

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_43" id="Page_43">[Pg 43] my critical conscience. Why? I hardly know why, except that I was thinking of that mythical desert island and the usual idiotic question: What composers would you select if you were to be marooned on a South Sea Island?—you know the style of question and, alas! the style of answer. You may also guess the composers of my selection. And the least of the three in the last group above named is not Chopin—Chopin, who, as a piano composer pure and simple, still ranks his predecessors, his contemporaries, his successors.

I am sure that the brilliant Mr. Finck, the erudite Mr. Krehbiel, the witty Mr. Henderson, the judicial Mr. Aldrich, the phenomenal Philip Hale, have told us and will tell us all about Chopin's life, his poetry, his technical prowess, his capacity as a pedagogue, his reforms, his striking use of dance forms. Let me contribute my humble and dusty mite; let me speak of a Chopin, of the Chopin, of a Chopi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I don't know if anyone has examined criticism written through the mouthpiece of an interesting character. This is a prime example, the opinions written in the early 20th century of an old musician who thought that everything since Chopin was crap. Amusing. The later short vignettes in the book that

Criticism of classical music written and performed a hundred years ago. For lovers of classical music only.