>Peter Redstone writes:
>Beecham's other comment on the sound of the harpsichord was to liken
>the sound to "beating a birdcage with a toasting fork".
Oh, dear. Documentation is a dilemma in such famous quotes
instances. I've always known this line thusly: A student asked
Vaughan Williams why he had not written anything using the
harpsichord. He is to have replied, "If I wanted the sound of a
brass birdcage beaten with a spoon, I'd have scored for it."
So unless a reporter noted down carefully that "this afternoon,
Maestro Beecham mentioned...." or the student transcribed in his
diary, "I asked Dr. VW..., and he said...." how are we to know?