Sylvia Townsend Warner in London - 12 May, 1928

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 18:

Then on to the BBC to hear Oedipus Rex by and conducted by Stravinsky.  A great deal of the choral writing was almost pure Taverner, the construction that of an early passion.  It is really impressive, it sounds old and cold, a chilly shadow that has never lifted from man's mind....I have been more pleased with Oedipus than with any of the recent Stravinsky I have heard.  It is quite dislocated at last, miles beyond Les Noces; and it is so old and cold.

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1994), p. 18. accessed: 25 May, 2022

location of experience: London


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Oedipus Rex
written by Igor Stravinksy
performed by Igor Stravinksy, BBC

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 May, 1928
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:07:48 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:53:14 +0000