‘Poems of the Past and the Present’, and Others

1901–1903: Aet. 60–63
  • Florence Emily Hardy


May found them in London, and hearing music. At an Ysaye 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”, etc. (Bach’s Concerto in E.) I see them: blackheaded, lark-spurred fellows, marching in on five wires.’


Farm Labourer Indifference Point Transcendental Ideal Grand Jury Illegitimate Child 


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