Music: Object All Sublime

In the gallery of the House of Commons one afternoon last week, a snap-eyed, tart-tongued spinster in electric blue coat and homemade pink wool beret craned triumphantly forward to watch Oxford M.P. Lawrence Turner step forward with a handsomely curlicued petition. Pointing to two brown paper parcels full of signatures, Turner started to read: "Regretting the innovations already being introduced and fearing that further mutilations will take place when the copyright expires in the Year of our Lord 1961, we . . . humbly pray that steps will be taken to perpetuate the...

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