Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Not much clickbait in this post
A footnote in the newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947 refers to my anecdote about Alex Ross broadcasting Kaikhosru Sorabji's monumental Opus Clavicembalisticum on Harvard's student radio station WHRB shortly after the composer's death in 1988. The anecdote appeared in a post titled Talk about immortal masterpieces is rather ridiculous, and the book's author Nalini Ghuman deserve praise for shunning immortal masterpieces and, instead, devoting a scholarly but readable volume to dispelling the myth that Indian music was 'discovered' in the post-colonial era. In support of her thesis Nalini Ghuman shows how four composers - Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Kaikhosru Sorabji and John Foulds - were influenced by the culture of the colonial subcontinent. I am certain that Resonances of the Raj will not be trending on Twitter, and recommendations do not come any higher than that.
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