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“When the young English composer Lennox Berkeley caught the boat train from London to Paris on 30 November 1934, he little expected to share the journey with his musical hero, Igor Stravinsky … Pleased to see Berkeley again, Stravinsky insisted that he should join his ÔÇÿsecretary’, Vera Sudeikina, and his collaborator, the violin virtuoso, Samuel Dushkin, for bridge, drinks and talk, and luncheon in the Wagon Restaurant. For six hours and forty minutes the two contrasting composers one at the top of the tree, the other still on the lower branches talked about Perséphone and Sudeikina’s influence, Jonah, neo-classicism, the purpose and meaning of music, reactionary critics, Mussolini, crayfish and steam engines; the encounter also stirred them both to take stock of their complicated emotional lives. In this new book, based on a brief clue in a letter which Berkeley wrote the following day, his biographer Tony Scotland has reconstruct

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Hardback

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79

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English

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780.92 (edition:23)

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