From Song to Symphony: A Manual of Music Appreciation

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CHAPTER VIII
ORCHESTRAL MUSIC (THE MODERN PERIOD) A MODERN CLASSIC

"AN age, like our own, wholly given over to the Amission of industrial and political development," writes Mr. Albert Jay Nock,* "is no doubt unpropitious to creative work in the arts. It is one thing, however, to recognize and acknowledge this fact, and quite another thing to be overborne by it. It is one thing to admit that classic work. . . . can be produced but scantily and with great difficulty in such an age, and quite another thing to say that it cannot be produced at all; and obviously. . . . the effective answer to those who say that classic work can not be produced is to produce it. . . . Some one, in fact, is always doing this; the dark ages are never quite dark. Classic work is always being produced; and by singling it out and calling attention to it wherever it appears, one can always give encouragement and a sense of direction to other artists, and thus fulfil the first function of a critic."

Fortunately for music there have always been a few

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*
The Quality of the Master, in The Freeman, February 8, 1922.

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