Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I've been tagged by a new (to me) blogger, Bodie Pfost. (A warning to Patty, he is a trombonist.)

Find the nearest book.
Turn to page 123.
Go to the fifth sentence on the page.
Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.
Name the book and the author, and tag three more folks.

Soon afterwards Leonardo Vinci (c. 1696-1730) and other young composers, trained in the conservatories of Naples, began gaining an ascent over opera in Italy, introducing a style that, again, resembled popular melody in its short phrases and tunefulness. In this new world Bach was too learned and Handel too sophisticated. The younger generation's music favoured lightness, simplicity and immediate pleasure, qualities that characterize the rococo style in the arts, though with reference to music the term galant is sometimes used, with its allusion to a civilized gaiety of French Bearing.
A Concise History of Western Music by Paul Griffiths.

I will be reviewing this book on the blog in about a week. I had to cheat slightly, as Griffiths writes rather long sentences. The second and third sentences above are on the next page of the book. Like Jessica, I won't tag anyone, leaving it open to any interested parties.

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