Music: The Orchestras Begin

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Last week saw U. S. symphonies definitely launched on a new season, saw conductors back from Europe with new music and sharpened batons, saw stormy rehearsals and brilliant first nights. Many bridges had been crossed since last spring. Orchestras had been left leaderless, some penniless. Deficits had been threateningly announced; in a few dire cases, cleared. New leaders had been imported, borrowed. The situation:

In Manhattan. For 49 years a Damrosch has been host at the New York Symphony*— for seven years Leopold, its founder; for the last 42 Walter,...

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