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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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Preface to London Symphony

Preface to London Symphony

(p.110) (p.111) Chapter 23 Preface to London Symphony
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the experience of participating in the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). There was the famous horn quartet, led by Adolf Borsdorf. There was John Solomon, the infallible trumpeter. One has to confess that he was fully aware of his infallibility. The chapter also describes the experience of conducting the first performance of the Sea Symphony at Leeds. There are players in the orchestra today whose names will be equally famous, 50 years hence, with those of the great men of old. However, the LSO know well that an orchestra does not depend entirely on the artistic insight and skilled craftsmanship of individual players. The members of this orchestra know then that all their art and skill are valueless without that corporate imagination which distinguishes an orchestra from a fortuitous collection of players.

Keywords:   London Symphony Orchestra, horn quartet, Adolf Borsdorf, John Solomon, performance, Sea Symphony, orchestra, players

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