“Poems of the Past and the Present”, and Others

  • Thomas Hardy


May found them in London, and hearing music. At an Ysäye Concert at Queen’s Hall a passage in the descriptive programme evidently struck him—whether with amusement at the personifications in the rhetoric, or admiration for it, is not mentioned—for he takes the trouble to copy it:

“‘The solo enters at the twelfth bar. … Later in the movement a new theme is heard—a brief episode, the thematic material of the opening sufficing the composer’s needs. In the Adagio the basses announce and develop a figure. Over this the soloists and first violins enter’, &c. (Bach’s Concerto in E.) I see them: black headed, larkspurred fellows, marching in on five wires.”


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