Scientific American Supplement, No. 312, December 24, 1881 eBook

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often tend to drown the original melody.  Of his quartets, some have become highly popular with singing societies and form part of their repertoire.  The crowning point of Liszt’s compositions is to be found in sacred music, for instance in his mass known as the “Grauer Messe,” composed for the dedication of the Cathedral at Grau, in Hungary; the Crowning mass, and his two oratorios, “Die heilige Elisabeth” and “Christus.”  But even they caused a decided difference of opinion; and if some knew no bounds for their enthusiasm, others could not find an end for their condemnation.  Such works should not be treated too lightly, and a thorough and impartial examination will show that a place of honor must be accorded to them in the history of music.  Since the “Heilige Elisabeth” has been produced in several cities of Germany it has been viewed more favorably and disarmed many of the opponents.

But Liszt also belongs to the literary fraternity, and his works, published by Breitkopf & Hartel, contain some of the best ever written in regard to art and artists.  They were mostly written in elegant French originally, and relate to the social position of artists and the state of the art of music in certain cities or even an entire country.  A part of his works is devoted to the music of gypsies, and to a true and honest history of the life of his friend Chopin.

Then again we find him preparing the path to the hearts of the public for Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Robert Franz, and Meyerbeer.  Liszt has certainly collected enormous sums of money in his successful career, but as fast as he reaps his earnings he gives them to those needing assistance, and it is almost entirely to him that the inhabitants of Bonn, on the Rhine, owe their beautiful Beethoven Monument, and during the last years Liszt has been untiring in giving concerts and collecting money for a monument for the greatest of the great, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Liszt is an artist in every sense of the word, and we should all wish that he will remain among us for many years more.

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In one of the upper rooms of the Electrical Exhibition in Paris, there is an interesting collection of plates and proofs produced by various methods of photo-engraving, invented by M. Henri Garnier, whose name is so well known in connection with these processes, and whose beautiful plate of the Chateau of Maintenon gained for him a gold medal at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867.

Some interesting details of these processes are given in an extract from a report on them by M. Davanne to the Societe d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale, read at its sitting on the 22d July last, of which copies are distributed gratis in the exhibition.

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