Music: Battle of Hastings

During World War I, while Germans dropped a few bombs on London, Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House dropped Richard Wagner's operas, the Boston Symphony dropped Conductor Karl Muck, and U. S. concert artists valiantly searched their attics for Italian, French and Russian substitutes for the tunes of Beethoven and Brahms.

Last week, as World War II boomed forward from its overture to its first act, there was again a small disturbance in the orchestra pit. In the provincial English beach-resort town of Hastings, Conductor Julius Harrison of the local Municipal Orchestra announced that he would ban Wagner from the coming season's...

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