Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time. Front Cover. Nicolas Slonimsky. Coleman-Ross Company, A few samples from Nicolas Slonimsky’s [ X/rateyourmusic/ref=nosim/,compendium] of abusive classical music reviews. Lexicon of Musical Invective has ratings and 16 reviews. Gary said: I first read this about 40 years ago. It’s a collection of critical hatchet jobs.

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There is certainly no doubt that many critics write pans with an unbridled gusto that seems to be lacking in their usually rarer invectivd, and these critics often become more famous, or infamous, than their less caustic colleagues Be the first to ask a question about Lexicon of Musical Invective.

But, it is very fun to read in spite of that.

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Jun 23, Jordan Kinsey rated it really liked it. This should also be required reading for every composer! To illustrate this point, have a look at part of the first page of the index:.

Conservative critics were always complaining that new musical developments would lead to the “death of music,” and though we all enjoy music today it’s pretty clear that “serious” music in the invecctive “classical” tradition has fallen out of favor with the general public.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. These criticisms are bombastic.

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Even Beethoven got into the act, saying of one critic: All of them as actually published. So, there’s a lot of delectable venom in this book. You wonder how the alleged taste-makers could have been so gloriously wrong about “the music of the musixal. A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or nivective incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works.

My ears buzzed from these abortions of chords, if one can call them such. You can read it in an hour at your public or university library.

These reviews, extracted for the most part from newspapers and journals, are generally contemporaneous with the music or composers they pan.

Reading these critical beat downs from our perspective can be amusing, but I’m sure the composers didn’t think they were funny if and when they read them. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For the answers to these and other questions, readers need only consult the “Invecticon” at the back of this inspired book and then turn to the full passage, in all its vituperation.

Some Russian bozo enthusiastically condemns, with A compendium of pompous, arrogant, exasperated, blockheaded or woefully incorrect statements by “critics” about composers and their greatest or most famous works.


I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka? By the way, the above excerpt is only a scant fourth of the full quote! There’s even an index of Invective, so if you want to find all reviews making use of the terms “Hideous”, “Grunting”, or even “Feeding Time at Zoo”, you’ll know which pages to turn to.

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Trivia About Lexicon of Musica From the beginning to the end of its measures it is simply the incredible repetition of the same rhythm In fact, the only downside is realizing that one has not walked among the greats until one has been publicly raked over the coals.

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