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(without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Excerpt: ... I therefore
hit on the conception of a third intermediary and easily supplied
voice, and so years ago there arose the opera, Jest, Gunning and
Revenge, which I sent to Kayser in Zurich; but who, as an earnest,
conscientious, man, went too seriously to work, treating the piece
too elaborately. I had myself transgressed the limits of the
interlude, and the unimposing subject developed so many singing
pieces, that even with a spare cursory music, three persons could
hardly have got to the end of the representation. Kayser however,
worked out the airs in full, according to old style, and happily
enough, too, in particular parts, it may be asserted, as also not
without grace when viewed as a whole. But how and where was this to
be represented? Unhappily it suffered, according to former
economical principles, from a paucity of voices. It did not go
beyond a trio, and at last we should have been only too happy to
animate the doctor's treacle pots, in order to gain an orchestra.
All our endeavours, therefore, in the way of simplification and
limitation went for naught when Mozart stepped on the scene. The
Abduction from the Seraglio put everything else in the shade, and
as far as concerned the theatre, complete silence settled down on
our carefully laboured piece. Our Kayser's presence now raised and
developed our love of music, which had hitherto been confined to
theatrical exhibitions. He was careful in his attendance at church
festivals, and we found ourselves induced to listen with him to the
festive music performed on such occasions We found it no doubt
already much secularized, and provided with a complete orchestra,
though song still ever predominated. I remember hearing for the
first time, on a St. Cecilia's day, a bravura with accompanying
chorus. Its influence on me was extraordin...
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