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Author: Deems Taylor
Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster, 1937.
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Taylor, Deems, 1885-1966.
Of men and music.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1937
(OCoLC)592671004
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deems Taylor
OCLC Number: 422609
Notes: "This book began as a series of radio talks ... delivered as part of the Columbia broadcasting system's broadcasts of the Sunday afternoon concerts of the New York Philharmonic-symphony orchestra during the season of 1936-1937. These have been supplemented by material drawn from articles and reviews ... that appeared originally in the ... New York World and New York American. Certain chapters were first printed in the Ladies' home journal, the Saturday evening post, and the New Yorker."--Introduction.
Description: xviii, 318 pages 21 cm
Contents: 1. Yesterday : The monster : Concerning a little man with skin trouble and delusions of grandeur who never paid a creditor if he could help it never kept a friend whom he couldn't use and never kept faith with wife or mistress and how he managed to pay his debt to the world --
Guide, Philosopher : Thought on hearing the prelude to Lohengrin, Scotch whiskey bananas and counterpoint, Wagner under difficulties, the three gods of Oscar Coon --
Two masters : The self-playing Wagner and the tongue-tied Brahms --
The perfect Wagnerite : What Debussy did for Maeterlinck, what Wagner did for Debussy and how Debussy proved Wagner's case by disagreeing with him --
"Dear Diary" : Music as a form of autobiography or is it, the case of Mozart, Count von Walsegg and his ghost writer, Tchaikovsky and his Natejda, gay music by two sad composers, Beethoven and his lost penny, Wagner and his djinn, what a composer thinks about Reverence for what : Wagner's theories and what he did to them in practice, the reverent performer and the and the bored listener, God and the g minor symphony, Brünnhilde as she is played and shouldn't be --
The miracle : It isn't exactly what they say so much as the way they say it --
Orange grower : Meredy and Payne have a visitor, the eavesdropping of Tow Ward and what came of it, Delius and his neglected oranges, the family to the rescue, three hours and a half of Delius, the composer who can't be classified --
Visiting Muscovite : The crew of the Almaz visit Niagra, Rimsky plays duets with a pilot, Balakireff and his young radicals, how Rimsky-Korsakoff taught what he didn't know, institution versus theory, the too-eloquent innovators and the old way of doing it --
Pure reading matter : The American and his program notes, how Strauss tried to keep a secret, the composer and his springboard and the risk that he runs Music lives long : The concerto that doesn't show its age and some pictures that do show theirs, four composers who got along together --
Richard himself : Tea with a great man and what I might have asked, what Strauss can see form his window, the talking gatepost of the champion skat player, what Strauss thought of opera in New York, whipped cream and the Waltz King's window, the lesson of the doormat --
Bandmaster : The two kinds of artists, Sousa and the marches that Beethoven did not write, the grad a dining hall and how he got in --
The brave days of old : Performances that we take for granted, what composers used to worry about, Back and his organ pumper and "Mother Machree" on a mechanical miracle, Mozart's piano, the musical boa constrictor and Weber's bassoon, what Strauss could not have done and what Wagner did not dare to take for granted, the horrors of violin-playing and what the bass players had to face, Liszt's frightened triangle and Wagner's despairing oboe, Tchaikovsky gets back his dedication, what Back heard, music without conductors, a deaf man takes the stand 2. Today : The end of a chapter : the hard-boiled music of the war days and after, why jazz was what we needed and why we are looking for something else --
On kicking up a row : What Wagner did to the critics, the value of a good hater, the two Salomes and what happened to one of them, the too-polite American and how he manages to be cruel, the white flag in Carnegie Hall --
The scorned ingredient : A prize contest, why new angles, music as a branch of cookery, never say "beauty", the tailors who were ahead of their day --
Sound and a little fury : Stravinsky presents and abstract arrangement, why music is not sculpture, the art that begins to die as soon as it is born, written music is a blueprint, reasoning about the unreasonable, the proof of the pudding --
Playing with paint : Concerning the alities the ities and the isms and what hey boil down to, color and harmony, what Rembrandt could do with brown, the radical Mozart, the difficulty of saying "boo!" The tolerant ear 1 : A worried listener wrestles with modern music, a clue from a toy fire engine, did Strauss abolish Back, on breaking the rules and who made them, where the public comes in, don't take Wagner's word and keep the latchstring out, what to listen for in new music and how many times --
The tolerant ear 2 : On not saying "modern", first impressions versus opinions, what happens when you learn Russian, what some ancestors thought of their contemporaries, what of the tenth symphony, where greatness lies, our debt to the future, the usefulness of being annoyed --
A masterpiece : The man who knew the language, Alban Berg and Büchner's Wozzeck, its story, Berg the showman and Berg the composer, the plight of the actors, the triumph of the music --
Music and the flag : Composers and the flying fish, the American and his school, what fold songs, the trouble with Indian music, the spiritual as an ingredient, the cowboy as a musician, where jazz fails, how the national schools of art began, the inadvisability of stealing, unconscious nationalism, trying to outguess the composer, America the clubhouse of the world Ishmael : Do we write enough, what happens to a new symphony, Toscanini and the great American orchestra, who cares, an investigation to ask for a second helping --
Transplanted : The north shore festival, the judges' choice, recollections of a frightened era, the wrangle in the jury room, embarrassment of a judge, the case of Loeffler --
Beethoven in the other corner : The classic as a staple and the genius as a competitor --
Godfather to Polymnia : Distressing scene in the Hôtel de Fance et Choiseul, Walter Damrosch gets a divorce form the Y.M.C.A, a nine-year-old visits America, an poera director at twenty-four, what happened to the Damrosch Opera Company, the New York Symphony finds Harry Flagler, Damrosch retires 1926, Damrosch comes out of retirement 1927, what he has done for Americans, a few items more or less personal The room and board problem : The two pauper arts, how some composers made a living, the trouble with starving in a garret --
Accessory before the fact : The dream of the young artists and the case of Stravinsky and Diaghileff, Rimsky-Korsakoff gives some advice and several years of lessons, Diaghileff hears Fireworks, who he was, the debut of the Russian Ballet and the genesis of the Fire-Bird, the piano piece that became a ballet, The Rites of Spring causes trouble, concerning a man who knew what he wanted --
The new romantics : Trouble with a motion-picture machine, the age of steel and its press agents, Art as propaganda, concerning servants who work at a distance and the inadvisability of romanticizing about gears --
Sole survivor : Concerning the transfigured night and the irony of fate --
Roumanian Proteus : Guesswork at a luncheon table and mention of a musician's musician, the boy who studied everything, Enesco hears his Opus I, back to Toumania, his American visits, why we don't know him The Boosters : Concerning the passionate few and Mahler and Bruckner, the risk the propagandist runs, flattering overestimation of critics and their power, the crippled intellect and the helpless talent --
Composer versus time : The stock company in the car barn, Morax hunts a celebrity, Les Six, Honegger gets nine weeks, success of King David, its structure, Massenet to the rescue --
Two arts don't beat as one : Reflections upon the difficulty of painting a soul and hearing a portrait --
Master : A note on Fritz Kreisler and the hard task of commenting upon perfect artistry --
Murder : where are the young Wagners and Beethovens, a suggestion as to what became of them 3. Tomorrow : What's wrong with opera : Concerning the soundness of an elderly joke, how the European takes his opera, how the American has imported it, a layman collides with Rigoletto, thrown for a loss by Wagner, the cult of incomprehensibility, the fate of polyglot theatre, homework for La Bohéme, the ideal opera house, what "English" means, training the company, the forrors of tradition with a not on Othello's si-bémol, petrified productions, the opening night of a dream --
Der Doppelgänger : Thoughts on handling a dummy --
Polyandry on Parnassus : Wherein an orchestra resembles a football team, what makes a good one, learning a conductor, stock makes a cut, unlearning at three hundred dollars an hour The living instrument : Who played Mr. A's Scare and what credit he got for it --
How large is an orchestra : Finding a fit for Beethoven and cutting down for Mozart, the subscriber who might want a discount and the bass clarinet who played too much pinochle --
Stunting : A slight scowl at the school of velocity --
Don't blame radio : On the difficulty of making up a violinist's mind to say nothing of a singer's, the lyric table d'hôte and one dissatisfied customer --
The lowly immortals : Curiosity concerning some palpable hits, the torch school, triumph of a barber-shop progression, the sure-fire minor seventh and the downhill slide, the immortelle versus the orchid --
On the wagon : the three-year plan of a subscriber, the difficulty of not hearing a masterpiece and one way of solving it --
Homer does nod : King Stephen brings a reassuring message form Beethoven A plea for grade B : A small symphony takes a long rest and is resuscitated, on making more room for the little fellows, nasty predicament of Bilgeheim, the need for a fifty-cent orchestra --
Getting it said : Concerning a few sole survivors and the pleasure of meeting them --
Celestial airs : Misunderstanding concerning Miss Han Chuan-Hua and the Pi-Pa, the charm of the Sheng, a musical nut that is easy to crack, the ban of the T'ang Dynasty and what came of it. --
Art for God's sake : The amateur sportsman versus his musical equivalent, the need of more busmen's holidays --
Guaranteed hand-made : Music as an industry and as an art, concerning painters who put in their own colors Dancing in the dark : On dancing Back and Bloch, disapproval of Mr. Blank, Miss Dash meets the group force and loses Mr. Blank, Mr. Bloch misses the point, fitting the sound to the scene, on the bad acting of collective nouns --
Catching them young : The bewildered guest of honor, on studying music at six months, the dangers of a lullaby, the gramophone as a music teacher, a note upon yelling, when to learn to write it down, how the system works, the symptoms of genius and the expensiveness of cheap teachers, how to spoil a talent and how to develop one --
The chick and the ego : On not hearing the Dance of the Sparrows and why Rachmaninoff at six is improbable --
Child prodigy : A fifty-year-old comment concerning a boy who made good --
Balanced ration : What Tannhäuser did to Donizetti, the trouble with being too modern too soon --
The one-time visitor : The difficulty of getting one's foot through the door, the advisability of learning a trade and answering every knock --
The people at the other end : Concerning nine million people including possibly yourself.
Responsibility: by Deems Taylor.

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