Letter: Changed customs of musical applause

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From Mr T. M. S. Elliot

Sir: Customs change. I quote from an LP sleeve note on the first performance conducted by Haydn of his symphony no 96 in D major in 1791.

The second movement had to be encored. The third was vehemently demanded a second time also but the modesty of the composer prevailed too strongly to admit a repetition. The finale, which Haydn asked to be played as fast as possible, brought down the house.

Perhaps this is the best way to appreciate great music and not just sit in respectful silence between movements.

Yours sincerely,

T. M. S. Elliot

London, SE26

1 August

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