<< -- 3 -- Peter Dale FROM THE HEART
At his best, Mellers flatters the reader into realising that they know,
after all, more than they think they know. He talks across to you, not down.
He informs, but he doesn't instruct, just as when he is involved with music
he looks rather than merely sees, listens rather simply hears. And, best
of all, he never loses sight of what a simply marvellous thing music is.
That sense of being privileged when you hear great music -- but only as the
birth-right of every human being -- is perhaps his greatest gift to his readers
and what renders him so characteristically exciting and challenging and
contentious and revisionary too sometimes (thank goodness).
In his most recent review for Music & Vision (hesitating to
say 'last', though apparently it must be so) Mellers characteristically
closes his searchingly analytical remarks about Ravel's L'Enfant
and Stravinsky's Petrouchka at Opera North with a deft touch (almost
parenthetical, as it happens) which, for all that scholarly magisterium,
returns the music to both its primary origins in composers and performers
and its ultimate goal in listeners: the human heart. He writes of Ravel
'bringing tears to the eyes'.
From the heart -- and by way of heads enormously enriched by the writings
of Wilfrid Mellers -- we wish him a long, musical and thoroughly deserved
Copyright © 20 June 2002
Peter Dale, Danbury, Essex, UK
SECOND SIGHT - MUSIC WITH WILFRID MELLERS
GORDON RUMSON INVESTIGATES WILFRID MELLERS THE COMPOSER