…not the sort of instrument one mentioned in public

If Indians were shop, the arts were bad form, and Ronny had repressed his mother when she inquired after his viola; a viola was almost a demerit, and certainly not the sort of instrument one mentioned in public.

From EM Forster’s A Passage to India. On the subject of violas do dip into this Daniel Barenboim/ Pinchas Zukerman recording of the second Brahms clarinet sonata performed on viola.

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