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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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British Music

British Music

(p.43) Chapter 8 British Music
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

A nation is made up of individuals bound together by ties of race; of domestic relationships; and of common laws, customs, institutions, and sympathies; and just as a particular work of art must represent an individual, so the art of a nation as a whole must represent that nation. If an art is to live it must spring direct from the life and character of the people where it had its origin. No art has any strength or life that is imported from without and planted down on a community from the outside. This chapters argues that the weakness of English music has been caused by a spirit of musical aloofness or divorce between the art of music and the people by whom and for whom it is made. In the face of recent discoveries in folk songs it seems absurd to ask such questions, but there are still people who answer them in the negative.

Keywords:   nation, community, music, art, folk songs

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