B1430. LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI. Music for all of us. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1943. 340pp. Index; Photo. Excellent, clean copy has very occasional underlining. [This 340 page Wartime Edition, being an increasingly well-respected and energetically applauded offering, has a binding of full french blue cloth stamped in light orange on red panels at spine and front cover. The book is rock solid and tight, though the wartime thinner paper has yellowed evenly around the page edges. Research, analysis, dissertation, lucubrations or just enjoyment, this is the one] Exceedingly Elusive!
“Mr. Stokowski proves to the reader that there are as many ways of enjoying music as there are people in the world - that we have only to respond freely to any kind of music that moves us, and make it part of our life. He recommends that the listener rid himself of any feeling of shame because he doesn´t ‘get’ a Bach cantata or a Beethoven quartet at first hearing.
Curious listeners who have wondered about the physical nature of music and its technical aspects, will enjoy particularly the section in which Mr. Stokowski explains the architecture of music: tone, rhythm, and melody; reflection and absorption; counter-rhythm, overtones and tone color; the physical limitations of even the finest musical instruments and how these instruments may be improved in the future.
The most sophisticated music lover will find much that is new in Mr. Stokowski´s discussion of the separate techniques that a player uses for solo work, chamber music, orchestra in concert, recordings and broadcasting. And the author has much to tell us about the placing of the various instruments in the orchestra so as to produce the most nearly perfect balance of tone.
The chapters on music in the movies, music in television, and the reproduction of recorded and broadcast music are in great part fruit of Mr. Stokowski´s own research, and present an exciting preview of music possibilities yet to be realized. And those readers who have thought of music in terms only of Europe and America will find a new world of sound open to them in Mr. Stokowski´s review of the music of Africa and the Orient where he has traveled. This includes many observations of folk music and popular music.
Finally there is a vision of the role of music in the world culture of the future, when this art will be one of unifying bonds that make for understanding among men.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron