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Blameless Yet Talented

R.J. Stove, César Franck: His Life and Times (Scarecrow Press, 2011), 368 pages, US$39.95 Many years ago—well, 1996, anyway—I offered to read the first draft of this manuscript. Much to my great surprise, I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I knew precisely nothing about César Franck and was at the time musically illiterate. Both this book and I have changed considerably over the intervening years, but I found that the second time around, I still enjoyed it thoroughly. (My complete lack of experience, keyboard ability and quite possibly talent haven’t stopped me from composing no fewer than three four-part Masses for…

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