[ Issue 13 ]

Language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour all deserve Emily Bronto’s approval

Bikwil offers acclaim to language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour


In the Editorial to Issue 13 Tony Rogers announces the start of a new series — Memorable Moments in Music.

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"You Must Remember This" — Tony Rogers


This issue not only ushers in Bikwil’s Year 3; it also marks the start of a new essay series. It is intended that these articles will celebrate exceptional moments (or strings of moments) in musical history that are worth reflecting on, more for their individual human or wider social significance than for their technical content.

Some are poignant, others exciting, some funny, others downright bizarre, but none is easily forgotten. For example,

Which British composer wrote his own epitaph?
What about the crazy goings-on in Paris in 1913?
Is it true that we owe a particular classic to a feat of memory?
Is it possible to write a great opera immediately after fracturing a leg and being nearly asphyxiated?

You name it; we’ll have it.

While the idea arose most directly out of things in the Wagner special, there had been precedents in other issues. Apart from the jazz chit-chat that appears now and then in Fizzgig’s From the Back Verandah, one thinks particularly of Bet Briggs’ The Most Sublime Noise and For a Singer and His Song.

So now, below, we introduce the first of our Memorable Moments in Music, towards which Bikwil’s many music lovers are hereby cordially invited to contribute their favourite stories.

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