Music: Critics' Choice

The most powerful musical jury in the U.S. met last week to pick the best U.S. symphonic composition performed in Manhattan during the year.

Thirteen members of the New York Music Critics' Circle, whose favor can lead to national fame, met in a beery, benevolent back room of Manhattan's Blue Ribbon restaurant. But their task had something of the atmosphere of a coroner's inquest. Several of the members were in favor of calling the whole thing off. All were aware that the year had probably produced not a single U.S. symphonic composition capable of rousing any spontaneous or permanent affection from the...

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