Music: Sharp Stokowski

Patriotic anthems have a way of making trouble for symphony conductors. Great Karl Muck was driven from Boston for not playing "The Star-Spangled Banner'' at a Wartime concert. Arturo Toscanini was beaten by Italian youths when he refused to play the Fascist Hymn in Bologna (see col. 2).

In Philadelphia two months ago a great outcry followed Leopold Stokowski's announcement that at the next Youths' Concert he would play Soviet Russia's ''Internationale." The American Legion publicly protested. Broker Francis Ralston Welsh, rabid antiCommunist, called Stokowski a Red. William Curtis Bok, the Orchestra Association's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!