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Thomas Beecham
(1879-1961) born on
Apr 29
English conductor. He founded the British National Opera Co. and London Philharmonic; 1932.
         
   
F
A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.

R
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
A
Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.
N
Music first and last should sound well, should allure and enchant the ear. Never mind the inner significance.
K
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Beecham Remembered," by H. Procter-Gregg.
R: In "Sunday Times (London)," 16 Sep 1962.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: "Beecham Stories."
K: In "New York Herald Tribune," 9 Mar 1961.
   


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