Have finished my read of "A Ramble Among the Musicians of Germany" by Edward Holmes. He was an English musician and author. Holmes embarked on this journey through the major cities of Germany, Belgium, and Holland in 1827 (the year Beethoven died). I decided to read this book as it was recommended by Ernest Newman in his magnum opus "The Life of Richard Wagner". Holmes book is most helpful in gaining an understanding of the erratic quality of performing musicians in Germany in the early 19th century. It certainly illuminates the complaints of Beethoven and his generation. Further, it sets the stage for the difficulties soon to be experienced by Wagner, Liszt, et al when attempting to make manifest their visions of a new music. Holmes writes in a flowery manner and does 'ramble' into the social life as well.
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