Music: Sitwell to Heifetz

In 1911 the flowing locks of Germany's Romantic music were attacked by a plague of dandruff—Kulturbolschewismus (deliberate tune-deafness). In 1934 Adolf Hitler cured the patient by cutting off the head. Since then most of the world's composing has been done outside Germany, much of it in London. Most of the music recently composed by Londoners has been as monotonously indigestible as Yorkshire pudding. But today critics agree that the new London school of composers has produced one top-flight genius: 37-year-old William Walton.

Composer Walton, one of the smart devotees of arty London Poetess Edith...

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