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Sir William Glock, the respected Controller of Music at the BBC from 1959 to 1973 as well as founder of the Summer School of Music, has been one of the strongest influences on musical life and taste in Britain this century, and is especially known as a champion of contemporary music. This book examines musical life in Britain and abroad since the 1920s, written within an autobiographical structure. Many great musical figures appear from Stravinsky to Boulez. The book also touches upon fundamental questions of interpretation and composition, policy and public appreciation, and the outlook for music in the future. This book will be of special interest for those involved professionally in classical music as well as those in the general public who are music enthusiasts.