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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Hunting for English Music

Norman Lebrecht has a rather fiercesome analysis of English Serious Music in his latest posting of weekly essays. Now, this guy doesn't hide his knives, and if you're a dead composer, you can't really run very far away. So Elgar, Holst, and Vaughan Williams take a huge pounding for producing inconsistent works too inconsistently. And if you're one of the lesser lights, you're just incompetent, and a tune-spinner.

One hit wonders is all that the English have contributed to the world of Classical Music - that is Mr Lebrecht's theme, and who will mount the counterattack?

Truly barbed words here.