Music: Silenced Oracles

In Rome last week grey Richard Aldrich, 73, died of a brain hemorrhage. To hard-bitten compositors on the New York Times his death meant no more scroogy handwriting to labor over reverently. It also meant the passing of an institution. Richard Aldrich was one of the two deans of musical criticism in the U. S. The other dean, Critic William James Henderson, 81, of the New York Sun, wrote a fine tribute to the man who had been for 40 years his friend.

Three days later in his west side Manhattan hotel, weak from...

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