Fall 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1969 |

The Musical Predicament

The Continuity of Music: A History of Influence by Irving Kolodin. Alfred A. Knopf, $10.00. Serious Music—And All That Jazz!: An Adventure in Music Criticism by Henry Pleasants. Simon and Schuster, $5.95. Anyone who has been at all immersed in what fondly used to be called "The Mainstream of Westem Music" has noticed the way in which the same theme will pop up in often wildly disparate works. Thus, the "Hallelujah Chorus" and "Yes, We Have No Bananas" have marked thematic, if not spiritual, affinities, and that old boozer's standby, "We Won't Go Home Until Morning," is the same melody as the one used so nobly by Schubert for the Trio in the Scherzo of his Ninth Symphony, and by Liszt for Les Préludes. Similarly, the Liszt tone poem opens with the same portentous phrase that opens the Franck D Minor Symphony, that serves as the Fate Motif in Wagner's Ring Cycle, and that ultimately stems from the introduction to the last movement of Beethoven's last string quartet.

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