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Well, my reaction was owing to what I felt was an implication of derivation, as a trace of x means it comes from x; if this sentence read "fleeting similarities to the music of Debussy and Ravel" I would concur. My response was a little sarcastic, but I actually meant to direct those readers' attention to Koechlin's prophetic quality and away from a possible comfy feeling that Koechlin might be a derivative minority interest. They could start with either the Heures Persanes or the Jungle Book, possibly making a detour to the delightfully entertaining 7 Stars Symphony before investigating Docteur Fabricius and others.
Thank you, Mr Morgan, for an opportunity to ride my hobbyhorse! And I hope you will review more Koechlin, since you have in my humble estimation a talent for describing its qualities.
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