The darkness of the Middle Ages reached its midnight, and slowly the dawn arose,--musical with the chirping of innumerable trouveres and minnesingers.
He was himself a wild poem; and he discoursed wild poems to us,--musical romances from Dreamland; but the luxury to himself and us was bought by injury to others which was altogether irreparable, and pardonable only on the ground that the balance of his mind was destroyed by a fatal intellectual, in addition to physical intemperance.
Presently it came again, the sound,--a very peculiar sound the like of which Bellew had never heard before, which, as he listened, gradually evolved itself into a kind of monotonous chant, intoned by a voice deep, and harsh, yet withal, not unmusical.
In the first, the figure is perhaps robust, but often otherwise,--inelegant, partly from careless attitudes, partly from ill-dressing,--the face is uncouth in feature, or at least common,--the mouth coarse and unformed,--the eye unsympathetic, even if bright,--the movements of the face clumsy, like those of the limbs,--the voice unmusical,--and the enunciation as if the words were coarse castings, instead of fine carvings.
A moment longer the two remained so, each staring at their feet; then of a sudden, interrupting, the girl laughed, unmusically, hysterically.
After a very pleasant musical evening the company separated for the night, and the Duke, passing into his own bedchamber, invited his wife to enter with him.
The quaggy banks, now darkening, slid more rapidly astern; while the steersman and his mates in the high bow invoked the wind with alternate chant, plaintive, mysterious, and half musical:-- "Ay-ly-chy-ly Ah-ha-aah!"
Introduction a la paleographie musicale gregorienne.
He was traveling in Hungary for his health, or rather, for his wife's, and he came to one of the Countess's musicales.
Its depth, and rapt passion and sincerity, makes it musical;--go deep enough, there is music everywhere.
Three minute plays: Innocentia, Musicalia, Immoralia.
I do assure ye not, sir, not yet, nor yet, my deepe, and studious friend; not yet, musicall Clarence.
He kissed her, and they ran off together hand in hand; looking like cherubs, and laughing musically.
The scent of the delicate jasmine perfumed the air, while the pensive strains of some fair one, soft and clear as the tones of a wind-harp, was borne on the stillness of evening to the ear of the lovely Sea-flower, who, reclining upon the bosom of her father, her sunny tresses mingling with the silvery locks, which told that he had seen many winters, whispered in words low and musical,--"My angel mother,--I can feel her presence near; she has breathed this blissful air; can it be more heavenly there?"
It includes constructiveness in story, character-drawing, picturesqueness, musicalness, naturalness,--in fine, whatever art may combine with poetry or the soul of poetry admit in art.
As sure as I'm standing here before you, I've seen Mrs. Harmon B. Driscoll of Fifth Avenue laying in her pink velvet bed with Honiton lace sheets on it, and crying her eyes out because she couldn't get asked to one of Mrs. Paul Marvell's musicals.
Observe too how all passionate language does of itself become musical,--with a finer music than the mere accent; the speech of a man even in zealous anger becomes a chant, a song.
Truly, if pressed to give a definition, one might say this as soon as anything else: If your delineation be authentically musical, musical not in word only, but in heart and substance, in all the thoughts and utterances of it, in the whole conception of it, then it will be poetical; if not, not.--Musical: how much lies in that!