Music: Prelude to Shaw

Two things happened to George Bernard Shaw last week which he would never have predicted. He allowed himself to sign a contract to let his plays be cinematized (see p. 46). And he found himself set to music. Until pictures could talk, a Shavian film was obviously impossible. Almost as strange as a silent Shaw picture would be a Shaw opera. That, however, had not been attempted by the young German composer, Karl Friedrich Grimm, who mounted Shaw's steps last week, score in hand. He had merely written a prelude to Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra. Shaw listened,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!