I read Christopher Howell's piece on Clifford Bax's attitude to opera with interest. The date of the cutting he mentions is 5 January 1934, and the article drew an angry response from Eugene Goossens in the issue of 23 February. After dismissing Ballad Opera as 'that fragile art form', he concludes: 'Can it be possible (perish the thought!) that it is due to your baneful influence that your illustrious brother has so far rigorously abstained from enriching the operatic literature of this country? If such be the case, I must immediately pen an open letter to Arnold himself, and thus attempt to remedy an intolerable situation.'
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