by Donald Tovey -
'... diatonic convictions ...'
Brahms was still alive when Tovey, still only eighteen and about to go up to Oxford, gave his first recital with Joseph Joachim, more than forty years his senior. Bernard Shaw was not always complimentary about Joachim's intonation, but had just written: 'The older I grow, the more I appreciate Joachim's excellences as an artist.' Joachim felt the same about the young Tovey. They began that Windsor concert of March 1894 with the Brahms G major Sonata and ended with the Beethoven 'Kreutzer'.
For the most part Tovey had been privately educated: his knowledge of the musical repertoire was prodigious, a fact that was eventually to militate against his discovering an individual creative voice...
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