More dance notation! Grammar of the Art of Dancing … by Friedrich Albert Zorn. Follows earlier post.
Happy Fourth! from German-speaking Baltimore of old.
Whatta title: Francis Bacon versus Phantom Captain Shakespeare. Shouldn’t this be a graphic novel?
Paint-by-numbers for the Fin de siècle composer with this instrumentation cheat-sheet by Victor Charles Mahillon.
In 1876, in an effort to inspire enthusiasm for musical culture, Paris mounted a competition to award 10,000 francs to the composer of a symphony for orchestra, soloists, and chorus.
By comparison, the United States paid Richard Wagner $5,000 to write the American Centennial March which is not unjustly neglected.
There’s probably a lesson here about the effects of civic patronage, but I’m mostly amazed that the people of Paris — just five years after the collapse of the Second French Empire — were convinced their musical culture was flagging.