Music: August Records

Some phonograph records are musical events. Each month TIME notes the noteworthy.


Samuel Barber: Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 (Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy; Victor; $1). A booming, Whitmanesque, visceral piece by a 32-year-old Pennsylvanian who uses his heart as well as his head.

Walter Piston: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Louis Krasner and the composer; Columbia; 4 sides; $2.50). Boston Atonalist Piston writes with his head only. For modern music's strong-man violinist Krasner (TiME, Dec. 16), Piston's mental calisthenics are grammar-grade stuff.

Ernst Toch: Quintet, Op. 64 (Kaufman Quartet and...

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