Some Thoughts on Beethoven's Choral Symphony: With Writings on Other Musical Subjects

Some Thoughts on Beethoven's Choral Symphony: With Writings on Other Musical Subjects

Some Thoughts on Beethoven's Choral Symphony: With Writings on Other Musical Subjects

Some Thoughts on Beethoven's Choral Symphony: With Writings on Other Musical Subjects

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The following writings (they are too informal to be dignified by the title of essays) have been collected from a larger number, either written or spoken during the last thirty odd years, 1920 to 1952.

The longest, that on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, belongs to 1939, the early months of the war, when we older people found our normal occupation gone and were not yet wanted for any other. I had, a few months before, been preparing an 'acting edition' of the Choral finale of the Ninth Symphony for a proposed performance by the Leith Hill Musical Festival; and to keep my thoughts occupied I wrote these notes while they were fresh in my mind.

The other writings are much shorter. I have partly revised and rewritten them, but in no case have I tried to bring them up to date; therefore, to prevent misunderstanding, I have added the original date to each, when indeed I can remember it.

The writings come from various sources: the longest, that on Beethoven's Choral Symphony, has not before been printed; nor has 'Nationalism and Internationalism'. All the rest have been specially revised for this book. 'The Letter and the Spirit' and 'Gustav Holst' first appeared in Music and Letters; 'Gustav Holst -- a note' and 'Composing for the Films' first appeared in The R.C.M. Magazine; 'A Minim's Rest' first appeared in Essays Mainly on the Nineteenth Century presented to Sir Humphrey Milford published by the Oxford University Press; 'Bach, the Great Bourgeois' (originally . . .

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