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‘bleeding chunks’

‘bleeding chunks’. Phrase sometimes used by writers on mus. when referring to operatic extracts played out of context in the concert-hall. It is a quotation from a programme-note by Sir Donald Tovey on Bruckner's 4th Sym. in his Essays in Musical Analysis, Vol.II (1935), p.71. Tovey wrote: ‘Defects of form are not a justifiable ground for criticism from listeners who profess to enjoy the bleeding chunks of butcher's meat chopped from Wagner's operas and served up on Wagner nights as Waldweben and Walkürenritt’.

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