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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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Howland Medal Lecture

Howland Medal Lecture

(p.98) (p.99) Chapter 22 Howland Medal Lecture
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The Howland Medal has already been presented to two distinguished musicians: Paul Hindemith and Gustav Holst. This chapter discusses that although lectures on music are dreary things at the best, a lecture on music, merely talking about music, would be quite implausible. It describes the Howland Medal lecture, which speaks about making one's own music. All vital art is creative art; and musical appreciation especially demands active participation rather than passive acceptance on the part of the hearer. When one listens to a symphony, one is actually taking part in it, together with the composer and the performers. One is taking part in the creation of that symphony. William Shakespeare wrote some very beautiful lines about letting soft music steal in the ears, but this is not a true picture. Before one can truly listen, one must be able also to create.

Keywords:   Howland Medal, Paul Hindemith, Gustav Holst, Howland Medal lecture, vital art, creative art, musical appreciation, music

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