The Story of Music: An Historical Sketch of the Changes in Musical Form

The Story of Music: An Historical Sketch of the Changes in Musical Form

The Story of Music: An Historical Sketch of the Changes in Musical Form

The Story of Music: An Historical Sketch of the Changes in Musical Form

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Two years ago, the Southwest German Radio Corporation asked me if I were prepared to give a series of lectures in the Radio High School on the history of music. There were to be some 20 lectures, each of a half hour's duration. At first I was doubtful whether to take up the suggestion. The lectures seemed to me too few and too brief for dealing with the subject, and moreover, as a self-taught individual, I felt some scruple about trusting myself in a matter which seemed to demand treatment by a professional historian of music. On the other hand, I had to admit that the present academic attitude toward music history is scarcely calculated to bring the subject nearer to the layman. It is quite possible--I say it without implying anything derogatory--that the painstaking philological studies carried on today by the musicologists are necessary and useful, and that after a time a constructive personality will appear among these learned gentlemen who will be able to correlate their work to some productive purpose. Meanwhile, since this individual is not at hand it remains for the unacademic person to choose whether he will modestly await his coming, or in all temerity set about making his own history of music.

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