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'Disparagement and invidious comparisons'? Assessing critical reactions to Mathias's First Symphony

Jones, Nicholas (2006). 'Disparagement and invidious comparisons'? Assessing critical reactions to Mathias's First Symphony. Tempo, 60(238) pp. 8–14.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298206000283
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Abstract

A composer can't, and shouldn't, expect to please everybody. What is really important to me is whether what I've produced is exactly what I mean, and on that I'm prepared to stand. That doesn't imply, of course, that I don't think that some of my works are better than others – that is inevitable. One of the problems in modern music is that some composers tend to feel that they should be saying what they ought to mean; they're thinking about the process of writing too much, and relying too little on the tremendous power of the instinct, which must be trusted in the end.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0040-2982
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Music
Item ID: 16041
Depositing User: Users 8955 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 May 2009 10:43
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16041
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