Music: Philadelphia's Scheme

For the opening of its orchestra season, Philadelphia had its own, its very own Leopold Stokowski. Slender and elegant as ever, he was bursting with energy. He had spent a quiet summer studying Persian music in the British Museum. But like any shrewd showman he first gave his subscribers just what they wanted: his own arrangement of Bach, a Beethoven symphony, a magnificent high-powered reading of Death and Transfiguration. Only flaw was the Prelude to Hans Pfitzner's long-winded Palestrina. But of that no one took much notice.

Stokowski schemes crop thick as clover. Last...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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