B1254. CONSTANT LAMBERT. Music Ho!: A Study of Music in Decline. London, Faber & Faber, 1937. 342pp. Index. Excellent, albeit few lt. pencil markings.
“Lambert responded positively to the music of Duke Ellington. His embrace of music outside the 'serious' repertoire is illustrated by his book MUSIC HO!, subtitled ‘a study of music in decline’, which remains one of the wittiest, if highly opinionated, volumes of music criticism in the English language.
Lambert had an on-and-off affair with the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn which began when Fonteyn was only 17 years old. It was rumoured at the time that Fonteyn became pregnant by Lambert but had an abortion. According to friends of Fonteyn, Lambert was the great love of her life and she despaired when she finally realised he would never marry her. Some aspects of this relationship were symbolised in his ballet HOROSCOPE (1938).”
- Loyal Bluto