Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023680, Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:18:56 -0200

Gradus ad Parnassum
A.Sklyarenko:..."Practically in the next sentence Daudet mentions "Gradus" (a French lexicon modelled on the Latin Gradus ad Parnassum that should help one write Latin verses):"

Jansy Mello: There are several musicians whose names may be associated to "Gradus ad Parnassum," as every piano-learning child in the early fifties must remember. I checked wikipedia about Muzio Clementi (24 January 1752 - 10 March 1832), a composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer. Born in Italy, he spent most of his life in England....Though the European reputation of Muzio Clementi was second only to Joseph Haydn in his
day, his reputation languished for much of the 19th and 20th centuries [ ] In 1826 Clementi completed his collection of keyboard studies, Gradus ad Parnassum, and set off for Paris with the intention of publishing the third volume of the work simultaneously in Paris, London and Leipzig....

,...the phrase has often been used to refer to various books of instruction, or guides, in which gradual progress in literature, language instruction, music, or the arts in general, is sought.

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