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Re: Dr. Wright's "Brahms"
I have been considering for a long time whether to protest about some of the misleading and badly written material published under the name of Dr.Wright on this site. What stopped me actually writing was the suspicion that nobody (except the usual bad journalists, ignorant of almost everything relating to music, hunting for apparent authorities in the archives/on the net) will have taken all that much notice. When I was younger (in the 50s) and had never actually heard any Bruckner or Mahler I read two large and ancient books about The Symphony in the public library: one said Mahler was a derivative pygmy compared with Bruckner's majesty, the other that Bruckner was a dreary incompetent compared with Mahler's imaginative variety. This did not stop me listening to either composer - on the contrary, I was eager to find out whether they appealed to me. Schumann is so omnipresent nowadays that it is difficult to believe a young beginner could be affected in the way described by Jack (the same is true of Britten, whose music can look after itself). However, it do think it is likely that after reading his dismissive review of Dallapiccola on Opera many will simply not bother to seek that rather obscure book out; it has been one of the best and most inspiring collections of musical writings I have ever come across and I am awaiting with bated breath the promised sequel. I cannot imagine what led Dr.Wright to compose such a gallimaufry of untruths and non-sequiturs, for it is clear to me that Dallapiccola is both a great composer and a great writer.
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