chapter  38
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Elliot Paul, Concert Pitch

Ernest Hallowell is the narrator of Concert Pitch (Random House, 1938), set in 1920’s Paris. While sipping his wine one evening, he is joined by Lucien Piot, who is, like Hallowell, a music critic, but far more successful, and also an entrepreneurial teacher of young musicians. Hallowell, who has recently written that piano music is dead and has advocated a return to the harpsichord, is flattered that Piot wants him to attend a party at his apartment. Piot is gay, identified as such by his painted eyebrows, and by the comments of a post-Dadaist poet named Evrard, who announces that Piot’s place “reeks of fairies” (p. 35).