B0442. CONSTANT LAMBERT. Music Ho! Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Penguin Books, 1948. 251pp. Index.
“If life were fair, Constant Lambert would be known as the English Leonard Bernstein. A staggeringly assured composer-conductor who became famous in his early 20s, he was irresistibly drawn to the ballet throughout his brief but brilliant career, collaborating as closely with Frederick Ashton as Bernstein did with Jerome Robbins….On top of all this, he tossed off in his spare time one of the shrewdest books ever written about modern music, MUSIC HO!: A Study of Music in Decline….But for all the significance of his other endeavors, it is Lambert’s music that will assure him a secure place in the history of modernism….He was the first composer since Mozart to show that seriousness is not the same as solemnity….”
- Terry Teachout, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2 May, 1999