Music: Malpopita

Radio, seven years ago scorned by most serious musicians, now like an important prima donna has music composed expressly for it. German Kurt Weill wrote the cantata Lindbergh's Flight for radio performance (TIME, April 13). Last week the first radio opera, Malpopita, was given in Berlin—the work of Composer Walter Goehr, a follower of Ultramodernists Franz Schrecker and Arnold Schonberg.

Goehr's Malpopita is thoroughly morbid, as are nearly all current European art-efforts. Adam Schickedanz, after ten years in a factory, seeks adventure, falls in with sailors who persuade him...

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