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Dulac, Edmund
FAIRY GARLAND
London: Cassell, 1928. Near fine. Signed limited large paper edition, one of 1000 numbered copies signed by Dulac, with a letter by Dulac to the editor of the DAILY GRAPHIC. Old French fairy tales by Perrault, D'Aulnoy and Count Hamilton. Laid in is an interesting one-page letter entirely in Dulac's hand and signed by him. Dulac was obviously upset that the public's right to hear all music was being modified. His letter expresses his outrage and certainly is a window into his personality: "I wonder sometimes what the World [word crossed out] would do without the help of the men 'who know what the public wants.'! Their acuteness is proof against failure of any sort, their concern for the intellectual & esthetic welfare of others is paramount, their hardiness can only be compared to that of the methusalesque tortoise, their only weakness is that they do not always know 'what the public want.' And one of the things the public does not want - and which, I understand, is taken into account in Mr. de Lara's scheme - is to be treated like a lot of undeveloped children, and be administered music like a medicine in graduated doses. Discussions as to the relative merits of Parsifal and Maritana are futile, and it is precisely in avoiding these absurd restrictions of the use of certain types of music [phrase crossed out] to certain classes of people, that Mr. de Lara's scheme is valuable. Maritana was not composed for the 'uneducated' nor Parsifal for the 'highbrows.' What the public wants is the opportunity for the largest possible number to hear the largest possible number of oper … [Click Below for Full Description]
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