Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Nonfiction |

A Music Letter from England

It is almost certainly true that not in living memory has there been so much musical activity as there is in London at the present. The London Philharmonic Arts Club, the concerts promoted by the French government, the International Arts Guild, the Committee for the Promotion of New Music, the Boosey and Hawkes concerts and the Gerald Cooper chamber concerts are regularly presenting as much contemporary and "unusual" music in a month as before the war one was likely to hear in a year; indeed there is so much on that one is forced to make a selection from the things one would like, or ought, to hear. It is true that the audience at all these ventures does not appreciably expand; the old familiar faces crop up whatever the aegis under which the performance is given: and it is true that big orchestral concerts, preferably of music of the 19th Century, including one of "the" piano concertos, are the only manifestations at all likely to tickle the ear of the great British public. London'

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