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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 4 April 17, 1946



If you haven't read Constance Lambert's "Music Ho" it is high time that you did. The author is a modern (born 1905) British composer well known for his Rio Grande suite, and I would recommend that you hear it as soon as possible. You can do this by attending any of the Gramophone Committee's request recitals. The Carnegie gramophone is a first-class machine giving excellent reproductions, while the accompanying catalogue of records is well indexed and fairly widely representative, including about three thousand discs. Unfortunately the jazz section is practically non-existent, but enthusiasts may bring their own recordings.

I began by mentioning "Music Ho"; the sub-title is significant—"A Study of Music in Decline." The book includes an amusing satire on certain aspects of modern society, for instance, the cult of the inferiority complex. If you like Ellington jazz and Ellington arrangements (which amounts to almost the same thing, since most jazz is good only so far as the improvisations are satisfactory) then you will be interested to hear what Lambert has to say about the Duke. If you don't like Ellington then you are due for a surprise and possibly a disappointment when you read the relevant passages.

He deals with music as part of the integrated pattern of society, considering it in relation to life and not as a separate entity.