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Vol. XIV

NOVEMBER 1936

No. 162

EDI,TORIAL

fortable winner, but of course the Fifth , as I have already mentioned, was not in the running, the Ninth was obviously too long, and the Third was also too long. What is strange is that the Eighth should only have obtained three votes. The biggest surprise to me was that the whole of the recorded works of Bach achieved only five votes between them. On the other hand I was not surprised, though somewhat

THERE are two bad misprints in last month's GRAMOPHONE. One is at the end of my editorial when I am made to say" some of the essays late for the composition would have displaced the winner's, Miss Ida North." What I wrote was" none." Miss North's was the best, early or late. The other misprint is in Mr. Leonard Hibbs' letter when he is made not to ask for <esthetic consideration of swing music, whereas in fact he did ask for it. Mr. Hibbs has written me another long letter, but I feci that any more arguments on this subject will only be a repetition of what has alread y been said. Mr. Jackson was much pleased by the definition of swing music which was provided by Christopher Stone, but I don't see that we get any further by substituting undulation for swing.

The competition to decide on an album for the young man of twenty-one was a huge success, and I am immensely obliged to the readers who took the trouble to make it what I wanted i t to be, a really representative vote. We are printing elseĀ­

The Editor at the Office examining entries for t!:e Alb um Compet ition depressed, to find how far appreciation of chamber music still lags behind appreciation of the orchestra. But i t was gratifying to note that two pieces of chamber music a bout which I have written several times with special enthusiasm were first and third among chamber music votes, the Trout Quintet obtaining twenty-three and the Quintet in C major sixteen, with the Trio in B flat major obtaining twenty-one. No other piece of chamber music achieved double figures. I believe that some of this t imidity about acquiring chamber music records is due to fear of vulgar criticism. Yes, I

where a full analysis of the entries. I am not surprised to find Beethoven's Emperor Concerto taking first place with Dvorak's New World Symphony second. I imagine that the very few votes for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony were due to correspondents' supposing that as the young man had already had this symphony there was no point in suggesting i t for him twice over. And of course they were perfectly right.

When many years ago we took a vote from our readers for the six symphonies most badly wan~ed for the gramophone the first place was won by Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor, and I did not expect to find i t occupying so Iowa place now. Of the Beethoven Symphonies the Seventh was a comA2

suspect a lack of moral courage. I warn readers that I shall shortly start another "more chamber music" campaign. But I can say no more this month, for I am dictating this editorial in a wheeze of bronchitis, the result of my visit to London, and only by flying back to Barra in a heavy gale am I even able to keep my promise to the London editor to send off as much as this.

During that visit to London I had an opportunity of seeing many old friends of the gramophone world, but not so many as I should have liked to see. It does look at last as if people were beginning to buy records again, and particularly records of classical musIC. In connection with this I shall have more