<< -- 3 -- Gordon Rumson SCRUTINY
One of the fascinating features of Mellers' contribution to
Scrutiny is that he commented upon the very newest
productions of: T S Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and a number of others
we take for granted as the established figures of a bygone generation.
In one review of music Mellers remarks that he looks forward
to further recordings of pieces by Debussy since they were not
available on gramophone records yet! Mellers is a direct connection
with an era we now accept somewhat dated, but which was only seventy
years ago. For instance, he remarks on Fauré's death some fifteen
The range of Mellers' contributions is truly startling. A
list of most, though perhaps not all, of his contributions (since
the index is faulty and I have not scanned every single page of
the journals) is listed below.
There is much to investigate: the development of Mellers'
thought, the influence of Leavis' literary ideals to Mellers'
musical criticism and the relationship of music to culture implied
by Scrutiny. Indeed, I rather think that a great deal
could be made out of the Scrutiny years, but I must leave
that to some resourceful student seeking an unusual topic for
For us we must look over the titles and wish that Wilfrid Mellers
did not prefer to draw that curtain over the past. On the other
hand we might slip to a well stocked library and browse the pages
of Scrutiny some sixty years after.
Articles by Wilfrid Mellers for Scrutiny
A preliminary, and hence uneven, catch. I predict errors
and anticipate changes. I beg your indulgence ... G R.
'Tight-ropes to Parnassus: A Note on Contemporary Music',
v/2 (September 1936), 150-7
'Bernard van Dieren (1884 [recte 1887] -1936): Musical Intelligence
and 'The New Language'', Scrutiny, v/3 (December 1936), 263-276
'Delius and Peter Warlock', Scrutiny, v/4 (March 1937),
'Mrs Woolf and Life', Scrutiny, vi/1 (June 1937), 71-5
'A New Symphony [by E Rubbra]', Scrutiny, vi/1 (June
'Jean Wiéner and Music for Entertainment', Scrutiny,
vi/3 (December 1937), 284-302
'Chinese Poets and Others', Scrutiny, vi/3 (December 1937),
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Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Canada