Demuth, Norman
September 1953
New Republic;9/21/53, Vol. 129 Issue 8, p16
The article presents information on the music work in England. The musical system in England is, dominated by the universally revered figure of Ralph Vaughan Williams, who, at the age of eight-one, continues in the flood of creative activity, each work in succession revealing some new facet of that fundamentally English idiom which he re-discovered and restored as a common language in his Pastoral Symphony, composed in 1922. Imagination of another kind is the guiding factor in the work of Sir Arnold Bax. His symphonies and symphonic poems are impelled by picturesque Celtic folk-lore. Although at one time rated as exceedingly difficult, they now offer no insuperable difficulties to either performers or listeners.


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