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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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Making Your Own Music

Making Your Own Music

(p.75) Chapter 14 Making Your Own Music
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Self-made music of the forefathers would mean that they probably could not read or write, certainly could not write down music, that they had nothing to guide them but their own intuition, no one to please but themselves, only that mysterious impulse to self-expression which is latent in all if one does not deliberately stifle it. Music swells out. Two verses. That is one of the English folk-songs. Music fades out slowly. One of those tunes that the forefathers made by themselves and for themselves. One of those tunes which proves conclusively that the unmusical English are capable of creating beauty. In modern times one has come to differentiate between highly skilled professional music, which is made for the benefit of others by experts, and amateur music, which one makes to satisfy one's innate need of self expression. In a healthy musical commonwealth one wants both: the professional and the amateur.

Keywords:   self-made music, self-expression, folk songs, tunes, unmusical English, professional music, amateur music

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