MUSIC IN A NEW FOUND LAND by Wilfrid Mellers

MUSIC IN A NEW FOUND LAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from p. 860 when scheduled for earlier publication, as follows: ""Some Britons really do still think of America as a 'new found land,' and when they write about American culture they seem to be unable to avoid a tone of condescension. Phrases from the elaborate section and chapter titles give an initial hint of this which is confirmed as one reads on: 'The pioneer's energy and the artist's order'; 'the folk-song of the asphalt jungle'; 'Orgy and alienation'; 'From art back to jazz' and 'From jazz back to art'; 'From pop to art' and 'From art to pop...the rebirth of wonder.' A fairly typical sentence, even out of context, illustrates the style of the writing: 'Yet again the distortion is not merely parody; it also gives an Ives-like veracity to the off-key blowing of the park bands, played on Partchian instruments and on conventional instruments simultaneously; and when the party really gets going to Latin-American rhythms, the synthetic Hollywood product is once more metamorphosed into a revelation of wildness -- and the longing -- within the heart.' There are certainly plenty of worth-while anecdotes, valid facts and interesting photographs herein, but it is not easy for music-loving Americans to read far enough to find them. Mellers is author of the well-known Sonata Principle and other books. In 1962, Oxford University Press also published a one-volume revised edition of Man and His Music, on which he had collaborated with Alec Harman to somewhat better effect, and in which he was identified as a music tutor at Birmingham University. Appendices include a Discography.

ISBN: 1412809967
Publisher: Knopf