Winter 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1965 |

That Old Vitriola

Music Observed by B. H. Haggin. Oxford University Press, $6.50. When I was asked to write a review for the present issue, I was pleased—especially because I have felt for some time that this quarterly doesn't publish enough musical material. And it is, of course, always a relief to get away from the classroom and the studio for awhile and to read what another musician has written about music. But as soon as I found out that the book in question was B. H. Haggin's latest collection of musical critiques, old and new, my enthusiasm began to shrink. Over the years, my interest in Haggin's work has been dampened by the fact that while I could agree with many of his theses I could only disagree with most of his methods. Having finished his latest publication, I find that my reaction is still the same. Perhaps it was a mistake to read the entire volume, or at any rate to read all of it within a relatively short time. It might have been better to sample only small amounts of it, o

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