Music: Relief Melodies

Last week Works Progress Administration's Music Director Nikolai Sokoloff, onetime conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, reported on what he had done so far with $7,641,814 of Federal funds allocated to his project. To WPA's payroll were transferred 15,639 players, singers, composers, teachers, librarians, copyists, arrangers, tuners, music-binders from non-musical relief jobs. "Hundreds of musicians," reported Director Sokoloff, "came with swollen, calloused fingers, with their lips stiff and chapped from unaccustomed toil in inclement weather." Since December WPA had formed 163 concert orchestras, 51 bands, 15 chamber-music ensembles, 22 choruses and...

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