Music: Death of Ravel

Eight years ago, at a Philharmonic- Symphony concert in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall, Arturo Toscanini introduced to the U. S. an unpretentious composition by a celebrated French composer. The piece was called Bolero. Performed previously in Paris, it was not considered one of its composer's masterpieces, and Maestro Toscanini had programmed it inconspicuously as an hors d'oeuvre to solider stuff. To the surprise of conductor and orchestra. the staid audience stomped, clapped and howled its approval. Within the next three years approximately 500 performances of the work were given by U. S. symphony...

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