Evett, Robert
March 1953
New Republic;3/9/53, Vol. 128 Issue 10, p23
The article focuses on the book "Notes Without Music," by Darius Milhaud. Anyone who knows Milhaud's music would expect his autobiography to be charming; in this beautiful new translation, it is rather more than that. Deliberately paced and outrageously disorganized, it is a self-portrait, which is flattering. It is also a valuable documentation of the most turbulent era in the history of the arts in France-an era which Milhaud helped shape-when Surrealism, Dadaism, and Heaven knows what other esthetic views were corning into being and the exponents of rival schools were belaboring each other in the streets, galleries and concert halls of Paris. Milhaud seems to have had a charmed life. He was born with every material advantage into a rich heritage of French, Provencal and Jewish culture, and at a most propitious date for building a great career.


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