Musical Taste and How to Form It

Musical Taste and How to Form It

Musical Taste and How to Form It

Musical Taste and How to Form It

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The idea of writing a book on Musical Taste occurred to me many years ago. But it was only while writing my book Principles and Methods of Musical Criticism that I saw how I could do it in the way I wished; and only after bringing out and demonstrating to the best of my ability, in the said book, certain fundamental principles that I felt it possible to simplify my statement of the same principles for the purposes of the general music-loving public--occasionally referring readers to the fuller comments provided in my book for more advanced readers.

There will be little difficulty in pointing out that whereas I criticize and contradict the notions and suggestions of other authors freely, my own suggestions are, all told, very similar. Let it be explained, therefore, that as a rule it is not with what other authors recommend that I have a quarrel, but with certain reasons they give for recommending it-- which reasons, I fear, will often lead to incorrect focussing and to misapprehension of these principles' purport. When I contradict, it is not with the ambition of proving myself right at anybody else's expense, but with the hope of assisting a little towards the discovery of the sound method of musical education which all of us writers on Taste and Appreciation are intent upon establishing.

Chelsea, July 1924

M. D. C.

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