Shaw's Music: The Complete Musical Criticism in Three Volumes, Volume 1
Although primarily known as a playright, George Bernard Shaw also found profitable work as a music critic. He never formally studied music, but was exposed to music almost from birth because of his musical family, many of whom sang and played a variety of instruments. He also grew up attending many of Dublin's music concerts where he experienced opera and works of the great composers. These volumes contain his numerous music critiques from various newspapers in London and more.
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