London: Hunt and Clarke, York Street, Covent Garden, 1828.
Octavo. Brown pebbled cloth-backed plain paper boards. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to "The Members of the Philharmonic Society," verso blank), [vii]-xii (preface), 1f. (recto half-title, verso printer's note), 286 pp. + 1f. (publisher's advertisements).
Binding quite worn, rubbed, and bumped; upper detached; lower hinge and joint split; small bookseller's label to lower outer corner of front pastedown. Uniform light browning; minor signs of wear.
The first book by this noted English music critic, written following a 3-month European tour in the summer of 1827.
"With his enquiring approach to music's technical side, and scholarly tendencies in its history, Holmes was well equipped to raise the level of public musical discussion. He studied Locke, edited Boyce, wrote a biography of Purcell, analysed the masses of Haydn and Mozart ... Ultimately Holmes's surpassing gift was his literary sensibility. Whether explaining the charms of Prague or the transcendence of Bach, he always sought a meaningful analogy, blending serious criticism and self-reflection with genuine wit and feeling. His performance descriptions have an uncanny ability to evoke vanished moments of music-making. It is finally in this virtue, and in his thoughtful perceptions of his own time, that his writings retain real and lasting value." Leanne Langley in Grove Music Online.
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