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L. D. Austin defends his stumps against modernism, 1960

L. D. Austin defends his stumps against modernism, 1960

This Christmas card was designed by L. D. Austin, a controversial music critic and prolific writer of letters to the editor. It shows him at the age of 83, presenting a dead bat to the representatives of modernism in music, art and literature. Austin regarded modernist artists as destroying all that was good and beautiful. He upheld Brahms and Chopin as the epitome of culture. 

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Allan Thomas (ed), LDA: LD Austin's life in music. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2012, p.15
Cartoon by L. D. Austin

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Peter Clayworth, 'Arts reviewing - Struggle with modernity, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020