Greatness in Music

Greatness in Music

Greatness in Music

Greatness in Music

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The author of these reflections on the conditions for greatness in music is, by avocation, what has in recent years come to be called--in America and even in England--a musicologist. But the exigencies of life have also led him, over a long stretch of years, to exercise the function of a music critic. This dual activity has had the consequence that his musicological colleagues regard him, for the most part, as a passable critic, and his critical colleagues have, for the most part, pronounced him a passable scholar.

Whatever the truth may be, he himself is not dissatisfied with his lot. As a critic he has been able to regard contemporary phenomena a little sub specie æternitatis; while as a musicologist he was always prevented from lapsing entirely into 'musical philology,' into dry scientific research. And in dealing with the past and its great representatives, he has . . .

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