Music: New Opera in Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 1941

Music—serious music—is a profession which, to the helpless regret of music lovers as well as musicians, pays out in chicken feed. Thirty-one-year-old Paul Nordoff, angular, wirehaired, blond Philadelphian, has been better heeled than most young composers. He has won two Guggenheim fellowships worth about $4,500, took last year's $1,500 Pulitzer scholarship, is a teacher at the Philadelphia Conservatory. Composer Nordoff. who would have become a concert pianist had he not found that he was expected to study showy trash like Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, has written two piano concertos, a Whitmanesque Secular Mass,...

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