THE MUSICAL SCENE by Virgil Thomas


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Invigorating, two-fisted musical criticism that takes in high spots -- and low moments -- of the years 1940-44, that covers programs, performances, conductors, as well as compositions and composers. He surveys New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Hollywood, he ranges from classics to hot jazz, from opera to Negro specialties, from recitals to radio. There is intelligent discussion of interpretation, trends, personalities, of musical history, symphony as well as high school and musical school orchestras, pop bands and choirs, of musical execution and audience reception. Devastating frankness, honest evaluation, spontaneous praise of personal likes and dislikes make this musical coverage entertaining as well as stimulating and helpful reading for a special audience.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1945
Publisher: Knopf