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Charles Avison - An Essay on Musical Expression - 1753

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Charles Avison - An Essay on Musical Expression - 1753

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Music - Quantity: 1

Object: Book
Number of Books: 1
Subject: Music
Author/ Illustrator: Charles Avison
Book Title: An Essay on Musical Expression
Condition: Good
Publication year oldest item: 1753
Edition: Reprint
Language: English
Publisher: Charles Davis
Binding/ Material: Leather

An Essay on Musical Expression. By Charles Avison, Organist in Newcastle. The second edition, with alterations and large additions. To which is added, a letter to the author, concerning the music of the ancients, and some passages in classic writers, relating to that subject. Likewise, Mr Avison's reply to the author of Remarks on the Essay on Musical Expression. In a letter from Mr Avison, to his friend in London.

London: Printed for C. [= Charles] Davis, opposite Gray's-Inn-Gate, in Holborn. MDCCLIII [= 1753]. (12),152,43,53,(7) pp. including advertisements and folding sheets of music.

In leather binding with decorative spine with raised bands, 20.5 × 13 cm.

Leather on boards and spine severely scuffed, front cover loose, interior in very good condition.

This essay was the first work on musical criticism in English. It was seen as controversial because of Avison’s sharp opinions. Here in second edition, with answers by Avison on criticism following the first edition of this work.

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