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,...

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