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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Introduction to News Chronicle Musical Competition Festival for HM Forces

Introduction to News Chronicle Musical Competition Festival for HM Forces

(p.87) Chapter 17 Introduction to News Chronicle Musical Competition Festival for HM Forces
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Musical experience is of two kinds: active and passive. Both are necessary for a full musical life. Vital art must be creative; but creative does not mean only writing black dots on ruled paper. The humblest second violin or side-drummer, so far as he adds to the sum total of beauty, is creative. The glory of English music lies in this working together of professional and amateur music: the amateur quartet coached by an expert, the amateur orchestra strengthened the professional leaders and trained by a professional conductor, the amateur choral society led by professional soloists and accompanied by a professional orchestra. In this way the greatest and the least can join, not in rivalry, but in cooperation, to build the great edifice of musical art. This chapter discusses the Musical Competition Festival for members of HM Forces.

Keywords:   musical experience, vital art, music, musical art, Musical Competition Festival, HM Forces

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