Music: Guns, Ghosts

In Manhattan, an audience assembled to bid farewell to Igor Stravinsky, famed Russian composer, to greet Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor. Mengelberg, having ended his season last year with Tschaikowsky's 1812 Overture and the Nutcracker Suite, began his new season with the same pieces in the manner of a man who, interrupted, sternly repeats himself. The overture which Tschaikowsky composed to celebrate the repulse of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia, scoring it for such instrumental auxiliaries as a brass band, church bells, cannon shot and the like, was rousingly rendered by the...

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