Music: Little Berkshire Festival

If you ask the average non-musical man, symphonies and operas are bad enough, but chamber music is the limit. The musically-minded are apt to consider chamber music the limit too, but in a different sense. Most of it is written for string quartet (two violins, viola, cello), a combination of instruments supposed to be unequaled for balance and flexibility. Most of the great symphonists have written chamber music as well as symphonies, and sometimes connoisseurs have rated their chamber music higher than the rest. When German Historian Oswald Spengler was casting gloomily about...

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