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After the war

Peter Billam · March 12, 2014

I was born in 1948, just after the war, so the musical culture I inherited was from the generation before the war.

That had been an extraordinarily brilliant time. For example, just the couple of years around 1910 gave us Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and the Rite of Spring, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, Schoenberg’s Five Orchestral Pieces, Busoni’s Doktor Faust, Delius’ A Mass of Life, Scriabin’s Prometheus, Berg’s Wozzeck, all the late Mahler symphonies including The Song Of The Earth, and Elektra and Salome from Richard Strauss.…

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