Very nice personal and family reminiscences by the daughter of Walter Damrosch, the symphony conductor. In period this...

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Very nice personal and family reminiscences by the daughter of Walter Damrosch, the symphony conductor. In period this precedes Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, for here are Gretchen and her sisters with their nurse, having their first music lessons, going to Miss Spence's School, to dancing class, and graduating to teen age parties. The early memories of music and musicians seen at rehearsals at home and the confusion of watching them at performances, the terrifying fear of not conforming to the codes and standards of their contemporaries, particularly since their parents managed to do everything differently; the delights of the theatre and the Hippendrene, the rigid dramatic discipline at Miss Spence's, the coming of the new dances, travel with Father and how it differed from travel with Mother. Dinner parties viewed from ""the top of the stairs"", excitement over Mother's participation in the suffrage parade, what happened when they performed, willy milly, in Father's productions, confusion over taboos, developing of literary taste, young Bob Sherwood's first summer shows, family picnics, etc.etc. This is not just another striving for pungent personalities in parents, but gentle, plausible humor of real age of innocence....

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1946