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This article is taken from PN Review 156, Volume 30 Number 4, March - April 2004.

A Brief Anthology of Jazz Philip Terry

Cleo Brown

In May 1922 in Weimar, the Bauhaus stage a production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Kandinsky plays Theseus to his wife's Hippolyta, while Paul Klee and his wife take the roles of their fairy counterparts.


Don Byas

A fable sometimes ascribed to Aesop, but most likely of later authorship, tells the story of a horse and an ass travelling to market with their master. Both carry heavy bags and after a while the horse begins to tire, so the donkey offers to carry his burden. After, some time the master sees the horse, now trotting along gaily, and upbraids it for an idle beast; as punishment the horse is made to carry both bags. The donkey, who had calculated that things would turn out in just this manner, travels the rest of the journey load-free. It is the ass's cunning here, which most clearly suggests inauthenticity, for in Aesop this is characteristic of the fox, the ass being noted for its stupidity. Various morals have been appended to the story, such as `Never trust a favour which comes from an evil-doer', `You never get something for nothing' and `An honest face may hide a cunning heart'. Sometimes these are used as titles, though more often the piece is simply called:


Miles Davis

When Pierre Levallois called out the Gas Board they could find absolutely nothing wrong with his cooker. To their surprise, however, Mr ...


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