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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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Hands off the Third

Hands off the Third

(p.119) Chapter 26 Hands off the Third
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Music as a revelation and as an education was frowned upon, and was only to be used as an accompaniment to conversation. However, in the last 50 years there has been a great change. The answer came ten years ago, a direction and guide to all this ferment, to satisfy those aspirations that lie beyond daily life, in the Third Programme. This is perhaps the greatest musical event that has happened in this country. England's Third Programme is at once the envy and the admiration of all. They are at last coming into their own and can stand as the leading spirits in the great hierarchy of art. Now, when their hopes are highest, suddenly the blow falls: the Third Programme is to be emasculated into impotence, and it seems that the Home Service is to follow suit.

Keywords:   music, education, Third Programme, musical event, England

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