6 July 1995
Show More Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and its Effects on Music by Michael Chanan.
Verso, 204 pp., £39.95, May 1995, 1 85984 012 4Show More
Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak Easy Listening and other Moodsong by Joseph Lanza.
Quartet, 280 pp., £10, January 1995, 0 7043 0226 8Show More
“... assent, I am returned to the symphony, where the mood has changed. It is the second movement now, and a cor anglais is singing above muted strings. This tender melody reminds me of a mawkish novel by JosefSkvorecky. The details elude me, but I fancy Dvořák in Love to have been a soft-focus, rural idyll, and I fall to imagining a red sun rising behind a field of gently rippling Bohemian corn, and ...”