An Essay on Musical Expression.
Avison, Charles.

London: Printed for C. Davis, 1752. First edition. Marginal browning to first and last leaf. Generally a very good, clean copy. Rebound in full antique-style calf. Gilt-ruled spine and sides, gilt black morocco spine label. [viii], 138 pp. (Item ID: 12016)

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Avison (1709 - 1770) was a highly-regarded church organist from Newcastle. Though he composed some sixty orchestral and chamber works, he is known primarily for the present work, written with he assistance of John (“Estimate”) Brown, John Jortin, and others. It is one of the first works by a British writer to deal with the aesthetics of music, from the different standpoints of the composer, performer and listener. (See the discussion of this work by John Valdimir Price in The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers.)

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