Music: In & Out of Russia

In Philadelphia, in Manhattan and over the radio, Conductor Leopold Stokowski had his Philadelphia Orchestra play all-Russian programs last week. Stravinsky, Skriabin, Prokohev and Moussorgsky are composers comfortable now on any U. S. concert program. But along with them Stokowski introduced two strangers: Serge Nikiforowitsch Wassilenko and A. S. Illiashenko.

The Witches' Flight by Wassilenko was eerie music fairly descriptive of its title. Illiashenko's Dyptique Mongol dissonantly depicted the retreat of the warriors escorting dead Genghis Khan, their preparations for battle afterward. The...

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