'What Never Was Has Ended': Bach, Bergman and the Beatles in Christopher Münch’s 'the Hours and Times'. / Cenciarelli, Carlo.

In: Music and Letters, Vol. 94, No. 1, 2013, p. 119-137.

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In: Music and Letters, Vol. 94, No. 1, 2013, p. 119-137.

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