Music: Gershwin in Bohemia

Music-lovers of Prague still liked Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, but they pined for a change of fare: for six years under the Nazis they had heard almost nothing else.

Last week the Czechs set out to discover what kind of noises Allied music had been producing behind the din of war. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the citizens of Prague opened a four-week Government-financed International Music Festival. Main courses in the feast: jarry American spice and the lean tonal dishes of modernists in Russia, France and England.

To make room for the music, the Czech Parliament moved out...

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